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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
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glad-hander in Culture


An excessively friendly or familiar person: “A glad-hander like Patterson offends more people than he charms.”

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