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noun Informal.
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

Other definitions for glad hand (2 of 2)

glad-hand
[ glad-hand ]
/ ˈglædˌhænd /
Informal.

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

Origin of glad-hand

First recorded in 1900–05

OTHER WORDS FROM glad-hand

glad-hander, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for glad hand

glad hand

noun
  1. a welcoming hand
  2. a welcome
verb glad-hand
(tr) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand
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Other 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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