glad-hand

[glad-hand]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
Related formsglad-hand·er, noun
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glad-hander in Culture

glad-hander

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

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