glad-hander

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-hander definition


An excessively friendly or familiar person: “A glad-hander like Patterson offends more people than he charms.”

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