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Favorable, beneficial, or happy news. Usually used with the verbs "give" or "bring." The union leader brought glad tidings to the striking workers that their demands for pay increases had been accepted by the company's management.
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be glad to see the back of (someone)
Be glad to see someone leave (usually because the speaker dislikes the person). Ed has been driving me nuts with requests, so I'll be glad to see the back of him when the construction is done on his office.
(boy,) am I glad to see you!
Said when one is happy or relieved by another person's arrival. Boy, am I glad to see you! Can you please help me with the kids? Am I glad to see you! I can't believe my car died tonight—thank you so much for coming to get me.
only too (something)
Very. Don't tell her the truth—she'd be only too glad to use it against you later. As a small business owner, I know only too well how tough it is to succeed in this economy.
give the glad eye
To look at someone in a way that conveys one's sexual interest. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. That cute guy is definitely giving you the glad eye—you should go talk to him! You can't give the glad eye to every girl in the pub, mate.
Fancy attire. This isn't a formal event, so there's no need for your glad rags.
be more than (something)
To be very (something). Oh, I'm more than ready for the game—I've been practicing all week. I'm more than happy to join you for the concert—thank you for the invite!
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give (one) the glad hand
To address one in a friendly manner, often when it is feigned or false. I don't think she actually likes me, so she must have given me the glad hand when she seemed so happy to see me.
in (one's) glad rags
Dressed in one's fanciest clothes. This isn't a formal event, so there's no need to be in your glad rags. A group of teenagers in their glad rags boarded the bus on their way to the prom.
Am I glad to see you!
I am very glad to see you! (Not a question. There is a stress on I and another on you.) Bill: Well, I finally got here! John: Wow! Am I glad to see you! Tom (as Bill opens the door): Here I am, Bill. What's wrong? Bill: Boy, am I glad to see you! I need your help right now.
Fig. an overly friendly welcome; a symbol of insincere attention. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ∼.) Whenever I go into that store, I get the glad hand. I hate to go to a party and get the glad hand.
(I'm) glad to hear it.
a phrase expressing pleasure at what the speaker has just said. Sally: We have a new car, finally. Mary: I'm glad to hear it. Tom: Is your sister feeling better? Bill: Oh, yes, thanks. Tom: Glad to hear it.
(I'm) glad you could come.and (We're) glad you could come,
a phrase said by the host or hostess [or both] to a guest. Tom: Thank you so much for having me. Sally: We're glad you could come. John: Yes, we are. Bye. Bill: Bye. Sally: Bye, Bill. Glad you could come.
(I'm) glad you could drop by.and (We're) glad you could drop by.; (I'm) glad you could stop by.; (We're) glad you could stop by.
a phrase said by the host or hostess (or both) to a guest who has appeared suddenly or has come for only a short visit. Tom: Good—bye. Had a nice time. Mary: Thank you for coming, Tom. Glad you could drop by. Tom: Thank you so much for having me. Sally: We're glad you could drop by.
(I'm) (very) glad to meet you.
a polite expression said to a person to whom one has just been introduced. (See also (I'm) pleased to meet you.) Mary: I'd like you to meet my brother, Tom. Bill: I'm very glad to meet you, Tom. Jane: Hi! I'm Jane. Bob: Glad to meet you. I'm Bob.
give someone the once-over
Also, give someone the eye. Look or stare at someone with interest. For example, The new coach gave the team the once-over before introducing himself, or He gave her the eye and she blushed. The first expression, a colloquialism, generally implies a quick but comprehensive survey or assessment. The variant, a slangy usage sometimes amplified to give the glad eye, often signifies an inviting glance. [Early 1900s] Also see make eyes at.
A warm and hearty but often insincere welcome or greeting, as in Politicians are apt to give the glad hand to one and all. [Slang; late 1800s]
Stylish clothes, as in Let's put on our glad rags and go out on the town. [Slang; late 1800s]
be glad to see the back of someone or somethingmainly BRITISH
COMMON If you are glad to see the back of someone or something, you are pleased that they have gone. Nick said last night that Carter was an awful man. He added: `We are glad to see the back of him.' Note: Adjectives such as pleased or happy are sometimes used instead of glad. Most politicians will be as pleased to see the back of him as the voters.
give someone the glad handoffer someone a warm and hearty, but often insincere, greeting or welcome. informal
in your glad ragsin your smartest clothes; in formal evening dress. informal
1922 H. B. Hermon-Hodge Up Against It In Nigeria We all turned out in our glad rags to join in the procession.
ˈglad rags(old-fashioned, informal) smart clothes worn for a party, etc: We put our glad rags on and went to the theatre.
be ˈmore than glad, ready, etc. (to do something)be very glad, etc. (to do something): If you ever want to borrow the car, I’ll be more than happy to lend it to you. ♢ The project’s made very good progress — I’m more than satisfied.
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only too ˈglad, ˈready, etc. (to do something)very glad, ready, etc: If you want any advice, I’d be only too willing to give it. ♢ She was only too pleased to help.
be glad, etc. to see the ˈback of somebody/something(informal, especially British English) be happy that you will not have to deal with or see somebody/something again because you do not like them/it: Was I pleased to see the back of her! ♢ This year’s been awful, I’ll be glad to see the back of it.
mod. alcohol intoxicated. After a few beers she was a mite glad.
n. fancy clothes; best clothing. (see also rag.) I’ll get on my glad rags, and we’ll go out tonight.
tv. to greet someone effusively. (The hand is the hand that is offered to quickly to each person who is greeted.) The senator was glad-handing everyone in sight.
n. someone who displays effusive friendship, typically a politician. (See comment at glad-hand.) The glad-handers were out in full force at the Independence Day parade.