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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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a. a welcoming hand
b. a welcome
(tr) to welcome by or as if by offering a hand
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a hearty welcome or enthusiastic reception, esp. one that is effusive or hypocritical.
glad′-hand`, v.t., v.i.
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