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.

1890–95 Unabridged


[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.


glad-hander, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
glad hand
1.  a.  a welcoming hand
 b.  a welcome
2.  (tr) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand

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Idioms & Phrases

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. [Slang; late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Check glad hand seals and connect tractor emergency air line to trailer emergency glad hand.
Help us to be a people of joy that is not cosmetic of a forced smile, the perfunctory glad hand or professional glad work.
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