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glad hand

noun, Informal.
a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, especially one that is effusive or hypocritical:
Visiting dignitaries were being given the glad hand.
Origin of glad hand
1890-95 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for glad hands'

glad hand

  1. a welcoming hand
  2. a welcome
(transitive) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand
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glad hand


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

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Idioms and Phrases with glad hands'

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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