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verb (used with object)
  1. to greet warmly.
  2. to greet in an insincerely effusive manner.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to greet others with enthusiasm, especially feigned enthusiasm: The candidate spent weeks glad-handing around the state.
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Origin of glad-hand

First recorded in 1900–05
Related formsglad-hand·er, noun

glad hand

noun Informal.
  1. a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, especially one that is effusive or hypocritical: Visiting dignitaries were being given the glad hand.
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Origin of glad hand

First recorded in 1890–95
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  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for glad-hand

glad hand

    1. a welcoming hand
    2. a welcome
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verb glad-hand
  1. (tr) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand
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Word Origin and History for glad-hand

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with glad-hand

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]

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