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[hand-shey-ker] /ˈhændˌʃeɪ kər/
a person who is or is required to be overtly or ostentatiously friendly:
Politicians are often incurable handshakers.
Origin of handshaker
First recorded in 1900-05; handshake + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was the politician of the concern, the handshaker, the guider of its policy.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • 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

    Emerson Hough
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A person who characteristically gets on by being amiable, making friends, pleasing superiors, etc; glad-hander (1900+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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