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How commonly is the idiom 'hail-fellow-well-met' used?

I saw an idiom ' be hail--fellow-well-met ( with sb.)', which was interpreted as ' be very friendly or too friendly ( with people, especially strangers)'.

!) I'd like to know if every native English speakers uses this idiom; or, when someone else uses it, if the other interlocutor can catch its meaning?

2) Can anybody explain how this idiom has been built? or, why does it has such a form?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    "Hail fellow well met" is a 400-500 year old British English expression.
    It is an old form of 'greeting'.
    "Hail fellow" means "hello or greetings"
    "well met" is similar to "good to meet you".

    This expression was used in literature by two famous authors, namely, W. Somerset Maugham and James Joyce.

    I am a Canadian and Canadians learn both British and American expressions.
    I have heard this expression only once in my life.
    It is not in common use in Canada, in fact, I don't think it is ever used in Canada.

    I found the information that I've written above on the Wikipedia website:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail_fellow_well_met

    I've never heard of this idiom, so if it ever existed then in must be archaic. Nobody uses it today.

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