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Examples from the Web for hail-fellow-well-met

Historical Examples of hail-fellow-well-met

  • It could not be that Gordon, could it, with his hail-fellow-well-met manner?

    The Heir of Redclyffe

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Cf. the use of the phrase "to be hail-fellow-well-met with anyone."



  • To be ‘hail-fellow-well-met’ with him, were to lower ourselves.

  • She was hail-fellow-well-met with all her schoolmates, and never paired off with any particular girl.

    The Girls of Central High on Track and Field

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • The garrulous or impertinent talker is almost as objectionable as the hail-fellow-well-met, slap-on-the-back fellow.

hail-fellow-well-met in Culture


A term describing a person who is superficially friendly and is always trying to gain friends. Such a person may also be referred to as a “glad-hander.”

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