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glad-hand

[glad-hand] /ˈglædˌhænd/
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
1900-1905
1900-05
Related forms
glad-hander, noun
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glad-hander in Culture

glad-hander definition


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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for glad-hander

glad-hander

noun

A person who evinces a warmth and heartiness that is probably insincere; one who is designedly cordial: He is what is known as a gladhander, meaning that he merely shakes hands and talks (1929+)


glad-hand

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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