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glad tidings

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.
See also: glad

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.
See also: back, glad, of, see

(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.
See also: glad, see

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.
See also: glad, see

*glad hand

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.
See also: 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.
See also: glad, hear

(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.
See also: come, could, glad

(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.
See also: could, drop, glad

(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.
See also: glad, meet

give somebody the glad eye

  (British & Australian old-fashioned)
to look at someone in a way that makes it obvious that you are sexually attracted to them I think you have an admirer. That man in the corner is giving you the glad eye.
See also: eye, give, glad

your glad rags

the clothes that you wear when you are going somewhere special Put your glad rags on, we're going to a party.
See also: glad, rag

be [glad/happy/pleased etc.] to see the back of somebody/something

to be pleased when someone leaves or when something ends because you did not like them She was an absolute pain when she stayed with us and we were both really pleased to see the back of her. I'll be glad to see the back of this thesis. It's been going on far too long.
See also: back, of, see

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.
See also: give

glad hand

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]
See also: glad, hand

glad rags

Stylish clothes, as in Let's put on our glad rags and go out on the town. [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: glad, rag


mod. alcohol intoxicated. After a few beers she was a mite glad.

glad rags

n. fancy clothes; best clothing. (see also rag.) I’ll get on my glad rags, and we’ll go out tonight.
See also: glad, rag


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.
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