glad-hand

verb \ ˈglad-ˌhand \

Definition of glad-hand

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

play \ˈglad-ˌhan-dər\ noun

First Known Use of glad-hand

1903


glad hand

noun

Definition of glad hand

:a warm welcome or greeting often prompted by ulterior reasons

First Known Use of glad hand

circa 1895


GLAD-HAND Defined for English Language Learners

glad-hand

verb

Definition of glad-hand for English Language Learners

  • : to give a friendly welcome or greeting to (people) as a way of getting approval


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