glad-hand

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:
1890–95

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glad-hand

[glad-hand] 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.

Origin:
1900–05

glad-hander, noun
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glad hand
 
n
1.  a.  a welcoming hand
 b.  a welcome
 
vb
2.  (tr) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand

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