Glad-hand



[glad-hand] /ˈglædˌhænd/ Informal.

verb (used with object)
1.
to greet warmly.
2.
to greet in an insincerely effusive manner.
verb (used without object)
3.
to greet others with enthusiasm, especially feigned enthusiasm:
The candidate spent weeks glad-handing around the state.
noun, Informal.
1.
a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, especially one that is effusive or hypocritical:
Visiting dignitaries were being given the glad hand.
noun
1.

verb
2.
(transitive) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand
n.

1895, in verbal phrase to give the glad hand “extend a welcome.” As a verb, attested from 1903 (also gladhand). Often used cynically.

modifier

Effusive and warm; cordial: He gave me that glad-hand business

verb

: After glad-handing the local dignitaries, he heads for the fence (1903+)

Related Terms

give someone the 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. [ ; late 1800s ]

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