glad hand


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glad hand

n.
1. Informal A warm and hearty, but often insincere welcome or greeting.
2. A coupling device used to connect air hoses between rail cars or between a tractor and trailer.
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glad hand

n
a. a welcoming hand
b. a welcome
vb
(tr) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand
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glad′ hand`


n.
a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, esp. one that is effusive or hypocritical.
[1890–95]
glad′-hand`, v.t., v.i.
glad′-hand`er, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.glad hand - a warm welcomeglad hand - a warm welcome; may be insincere  
welcome - a greeting or reception; "the proposal got a warm welcome"
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An' he is here, arisin' to his feet to give the glad hand to his old pal.
If you try to break in under your right name you'll get the glad hand and be asked to stay here and there and play a good deal of golf and dance quite a lot, but you won't get a job.
In that regard, Guterres does know his way around the UN bureaucracy, knows how to glad hand, and hasn't make too many enemies - at least not enough to prevent him from de-selection.
The device prevents the accidental drive away of a vehicle during loading or unloading by interlocking the trailer's air brakes with the dock door with a glad hand lock.