from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. A warm welcome offered a guest by a host.
  • n. A coupling device used on semi-trailer trucks for attaching air brake lines from the tractor to the trailer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a warm welcome; may be insincere


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  • I wasn't shoutin 'things out to anybody, but I just made myself into a committee of welcome; an', when the train pulled in, there I was, extendin 'the glad hand of the burg -- likewise the glad hand of a guy you used to know in Oakland once, a third-rate dub prizefighter by the name of -- lemme see -- yep, I got it right -- Big



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