what-do-you-call-it

noun
variants: or what-do-you-call-them or less commonly what-do-you-call-her or what-do-you-call-him \ ˈ(h)wä|tə⸗ˌ⸗⸗ , -​wə-​ , -​wȯ-​ , |tdə-​ \
plural -s

Definition of what-do-you-call-it

 (Entry 1 of 10)

: a thing or person that the speaker cannot (as from not knowing or from forgetting) or does not wish to name hand me one of those little what-do-you-call-thems

do you think (that)

idiom (1)

Definition of do you think (that) (Entry 2 of 10)

used as a polite way to ask a favorDo you think (that) you could give me a ride to the airport?

do you want to bet?

idiom (2)
variants: or wanna bet?

Definition of do you want to bet? (Entry 3 of 10)

said to indicate the listener's disagreement with a statement"The weather will be better tomorrow." "Do you want to bet?"

how do you do

idiom (3)

Definition of how do you do (Entry 4 of 10)

formal
: hello used especially when one is first introduced to someoneHow do you do, Miss Smith?

how do you like

idiom (4)

Definition of how do you like (Entry 5 of 10)

used to ask someone whether he or she likes somethingHow do you like the soup?

how do you like that

idiom (5)

Definition of how do you like that (Entry 6 of 10)

1 used for emphasis to show surpriseHe's moving to Hawaii? Well, how do you like that!
2 used for emphasis to show disapprovalShe canceled at the last minute. How do you like that?

what do you know

idiom (6)

Definition of what do you know (Entry 7 of 10)

informal
used to express surpriseShe's an astronaut? Well, what do you know!"He's going to law school in the fall." "Well what do you know about that?!"

what time do you have

idiom (7)

Definition of what time do you have (Entry 8 of 10)

US
used to ask someone what time it is

what time do you make it

idiom (8)

Definition of what time do you make it (Entry 9 of 10)

British
used to ask someone what time it is

(you're) damned if you do and damned if you don't

idiom (9)

Definition of (you're) damned if you do and damned if you don't (Entry 10 of 10)

informal
used to say that in a specific situation a person can be blamed or considered wrong no matter what he or she does

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“What-do-you-call-it.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/do%20you. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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