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glad rags

Fancy attire. This isn't a formal event, so there's no need for your glad rags.
See also: glad, rag

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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By Jonathan Steele If the gladdest tidings of this pre-Christmas season have been the US intelligence community's brilliant move to undermine a Bush attack on Iran by revealing there is no Iranian nuclear weapons program, the worst news concerns US policy on Iraq.
After their escape, Tom discovers that his plan has worked as well as he could have imagined: "We was all as glad as we could be, but Tom was the gladdest of all, because he had a bullet in the calf of his leg" (340).
The three women of Heroine Films lost funding for The Gladdest Thing ( when a key investor pulled out because the main character was a lesbian.
But this is just to say I'm gladdest when I'm naughty When I verse.
You can get dressed up to the nines safe in the knowledge that everyone else will wear their very gladdest rags too.
"If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights ...
The gladdest moment for all of them is when the preacher uplifts his hands for the benediction.
Probably the gladdest of the Glads is Cobra, alias Mick Wilson.
With the aid of the roving microphone system, each group then calls out their saddest sad, maddest mad and gladdest glad!