glad-hand

verb \ ˈglad-ˌhand \

Definition of glad-hand

: to extend a glad hand to
  • candidates glad-handing everyone they meet
: 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

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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glad hand

noun

Definition of glad hand

: a warm welcome or greeting often prompted by ulterior reasons

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First Known Use of glad hand

circa 1895

in the meaning defined above

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GLAD-HAND Defined for English Language Learners

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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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