glad-hand

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glad-hand (third-person singular simple present glad-hands, present participle glad-handing, simple past and past participle glad-handed)

  1. To be overly friendly with a stranger in order to gain an advantage.
    • 1948, "The Presidency: Getting Ready," Time, 9 Feb.:
      Not in many a moon had he glad-handed so many people. . . . The President, in fact, behaved noticeably like a candidate for reelection.
  2. To extend a glad hand (to someone).