- to greet warmly.
- to greet in an insincerely effusive manner.
- to greet others with enthusiasm, especially feigned enthusiasm: The candidate spent weeks glad-handing around the state.
Origin of glad-hand
- a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, especially one that is effusive or hypocritical: Visiting dignitaries were being given the glad hand.
Origin of glad hand
Examples from the Web for glad-hand
He certainly was a glad-hand artist, which is what a bank president has to be today—he's got to be a speaker and a handshaker.The Man Next Door
- a welcoming hand
- a welcome
- (tr) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand
Word Origin and History for glad-hand
1895, in verbal phrase to give the glad hand "extend a welcome." As a verb, attested from 1903 (also gladhand). Often used cynically.
Idioms and Phrases with glad-hand
A warm and hearty but often insincere welcome or greeting, as in Politicians are apt to give the glad hand to one and all. [Slang; late 1800s]