- to greet warmly.
- to greet in an insincerely effusive manner.
- 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
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An excessively friendly or familiar person: “A glad-hander like Patterson offends more people than he charms.”
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