Definition of glad-hand in US English:



[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’
    • ‘The dogs like people and will usually glad-hand anyone they meet.’
    • ‘But he's not going to be glad-handing it, jumping up and down.’
    • ‘He is now in New Zealand, glad-handing the locals and generally keeping an eye on how the money is being spent, which is a full-time occupation.’
    • ‘He has had his half year of glory in glad-handing his way around the EU - and it could be a seductive experience.’
    • ‘Among the younger hands, glad-handing optimism was the order of the day and the smiles never wavered.’
    • ‘He was out there glad-handing and botching a golden opportunity.’
    • ‘While the two leaders were glad-handing each other in Moscow, two other nuclear powers - India and Pakistan - were rattling the nuclear sabre and threatening to bring it out of the scabbard.’
    • ‘They'll knock on doors, chat up neighbors, glad-hand citizens at meetings, deliver absentee ballots, and ferry voters to the polls on Election Day.’
    • ‘Upon his entrance to the club, he was surrounded by about thirty people, glad-handing him and trying to start up conversations.’
    • ‘No, you weren't hallucinating: That really was Mr. Potato Head glad-handing exchange execs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There I was, in this huge office full of baseball impresarios, sharing drinks and glad-handing each other.’
    • ‘Speaking of elections, it looks like we'll be bombarded with politicians' faces, banners, ads and glad-handing over the holidays.’
    • ‘Just when the tight smile seemed in danger of breaking, he turned to glad-hand four of the defense attorneys as their co-counselors trailed in.’
    • ‘Her dad is a politician, who is so used to glad-handing his constituents he has forgotten how to talk to his daughter.’
    • ‘The stylishly attired owner, Henry, worked the room, glad-handing customers.’
    • ‘He held out his hand like a salesman glad-handing a prospect.’
    • ‘He was employed entirely in glad-handing the guests.’
    • ‘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.’


  • A warm and hearty, but often insincere, greeting or welcome.

    • ‘However, since this is salvation for the government's strategy, they may get the glad hand yet.’
    • ‘In the meantime, the popular word is that he has already been given the glad hand by the party leader.’



/ˈɡlæd ˌhænd//ˈɡlad ˌhand/