Definition of glad-hand in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlad ˌhand/


[with object]
(Especially of a politician) greet or welcome warmly or with the appearance of warmth: they had been taking every free minute to glad-hand loyal supporters
More example sentences
  • It was Monday last week, and the president was glad-handing with the great and the good at the Cincinnati Museum Centre in Ohio as he waited to give one of his most bellicose speeches yet.
  • Her dad is a politician, who is so used to glad-handing his constituents he has forgotten how to talk to his daughter.
  • With so many people in one place at one time, the state fair provides an opportunity for politicians to glad-hand and meet the constituents.


(gladhand) [in singular]
A warm and hearty, but often insincere, greeting or welcome.
Example sentences
  • In the meantime, the popular word is that he has already been given the glad hand by the party leader.
  • However, since this is salvation for the government's strategy, they may get the glad hand yet.



Example sentences
  • When principled limitations to the scope of government are absent, the necessities of government become mere side projects of vote hunting glad-handers and crony-bureaucrats.
  • I'm glad I got to see the obvious pleasure he took in pausing for a few words with his glad-handers, including the kids right behind me who pleaded with him for a photo opportunity.
  • Even early in his first term, there were those who considered him unbearably pious, prone to empty idealism and windy intellectual pronouncements - a spinner, a glad-hander.

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Syllabification: glad-hand

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