glad-hand

verb
\ˈglad-ˌhand \
glad-handed; glad-handing; glad-hands

Definition of glad-hand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 hand

noun

Definition of glad hand (Entry 2 of 2)

: a warm welcome or greeting often prompted by ulterior reasons

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Verb

glad-hander \ˈglad-​ˌhan-​dər \ noun

Examples of glad-hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His medium, his material, is human frailty, the near end of original sin, and the tools of his trade are the glad hand, the scratched back, the padded envelope, the cut corner, and the jumped line. James Parker, The Atlantic, "How Michael Clayton Presaged 2017," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of glad-hand

Verb

1903, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near glad-hand

glad eye

gladful

glad hand

glad-hand

gladiate

gladiator

gladiatorian

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The first known use of glad-hand was circa 1895

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glad-hand

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glad-hand

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

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