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Meaning of glad hand

glad' hand"

Pronunciation: [key]
— Informal. Informal.
  1. a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, esp. one that is effusive or hypocritical: Visiting dignitaries were being given the glad hand.

glad-hand

Pronunciation: (glad'hand"), [key]
— Informal. Informal.
—v.t.
  1. to greet warmly.
  2. to greet in an insincerely effusive manner.
—v.i.
  1. to greet others with enthusiasm, esp. feigned enthusiasm: The candidate spent weeks glad-handing around the state.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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