glad-hand
verb Date: 1903 transitive verb to extend a glad hand to <
candidates glad-handing everyone they meet
>
intransitive verb to extend a glad hand <
glad-handing as if he were running for mayor
>
glad-hander noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • glad hand — glad′ hand n. inf a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, esp. one that is effusive or hypocritical • Etymology: 1890–95 glad′ hand , v.t. v.i. glad′ hand er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • glad hand — ☆ glad hand n. Informal a cordial welcome, esp. one that is effusive or overly demonstrative glad hand vt., vi. glad hander n …   English World dictionary

  • glad-hand — glad hander, n. /glad hand /, Informal. v.t. 1. to greet warmly. 2. to greet in an insincerely effusive manner. v.i. 3. to greet others with enthusiasm, esp. feigned enthusiasm: The candidate spent weeks glad handing around the state. [1900 05] * …   Universalium

  • glad hand — (n.) 1895, in verbal phrase to give the glad hand extend a welcome. As a verb, attested from 1903 (also gladhand). Often used cynically …   Etymology dictionary

  • glad-hand — v [I and T] to talk to or welcome people in a very friendly way, especially when this is not sincere ▪ He moved among the guests, glad handing well wishers …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • glad-hand — verb intransitive or transitive to shake hands with a lot of people at a public event …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • glad-hand — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ verb Etymology: glad hand transitive verb : to extend a glad hand to political candidates glad handing everyone they met intransitive verb : to extend a glad hand …   Useful english dictionary

  • glad hand — noun a warm welcome; may be insincere • Hypernyms: ↑welcome * * * noun Etymology: glad (I) + hand 1. : a warm friendly handshake moving among his patrons with a welcoming smile and a glad hand Edwin Corle …   Useful english dictionary

  • glad hand — {n.}, {informal} A friendly handshake; a warm greeting. * /Father went to the front door to give Uncle Fred the glad hand when he arrived./ * /The politician went down the street on election day giving everyone the glad hand./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • glad hand — {n.}, {informal} A friendly handshake; a warm greeting. * /Father went to the front door to give Uncle Fred the glad hand when he arrived./ * /The politician went down the street on election day giving everyone the glad hand./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • glad-hand — UK / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms glad hand : present tense I/you/we/they glad hand he/she/it glad hands present participle glad handing past tense glad handed past participle glad handed if a politician glad hands people at a… …   English dictionary

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