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glad rags

Fancy attire. This isn't a formal event, so there's no need for your glad rags.
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the glad hand

The act of addressing 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.
See also: glad, hand
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mod. alcohol intoxicated. After a few beers she was a mite glad.
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Anyone who does adopt this perspective might wonder whether Hare is engaging in Golden Rule reasoning at all: his emphasis on "gladness" as a criterion requires us to ask, in the case of the severely impaired fetus, not "how we would want to be treated were we in that position," but "how we should treat the fetus given that the child, if born, will probably not be glad to be alive and given the chances of our having another child who probably will be much gladder to be alive" Both questions return us to the philosophical difficulty of imagining ourselves occupying a position radically different from our own.
Half of its ground floor is a wine cellar and half is a covered seating area overlooking Gladder Brook, home to brown trout.
They ask a series of questions, such as, "'Where you been, boy?,'" "'What'd yuh come back for?,'" and "'I hope [your mother's] gladder to see yuh than we are'" (36).
It was magic--the sort that makes a person just that much gladder to be alive.
Staring at me down the cue stick with a triumphal glow in his keen hunter's eyes, he said that nothing makes his heart gladder than a nonbeliever, like myself, turned believer.
My heart is like a singing bird Whose nest is in a water'd shoot; My heart is like an apple tree Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit; My heart is like a rainbow shell That paddles in a halcyon sea; My heart is gladder than all these Because my love is come to me.
She was glad to learn of the biannual golf outings sponsored by Professional Women in Construction (PWC), and gladder still to see that the most recent event held at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, New York, on Sept.
"The longer we talk, the gladder I am that I never married."
For 60 of those years, the retailer was among the top five office furniture dealers in the country until Robert Finger, president, sold the commercial office end to "someone who was a lot gladder to get it than I was to keep it," he said.
In an old New Yorker cartoon a pudgy little king stands before a large easel depicting his apotheosis and commands the hapless court artist to "give me more angels and make them gladder to see me." One can easily imagine that just such a scene might have unfolded in Giambattista Tiepolo's Venetian studio.
(I always surmised that the legal staff at DOJ was actually glad to see the last of Juris and gladder yet to greet the arrival of the commercial services that replaced it under discounted usage contracts.)
One would be gladder if its grasp matched the scope of its title.
Gladder still to hear both stores apologise for any offence caused and agree to make charity donations.
Derry are gladder. With James McLean away and Gareth McGlynn injured, they appeared imbalanced on Saturday and were lucky to escape Sligo with a point, Stephen McLaughlin netting their equaliser after Joseph Ndo had opened the scoring for Sligo.