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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

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.
See also: eye, give, glad

glad rags

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

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!
See also: more

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.
See also: give, glad, hand

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.
See also: glad, rag

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 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, someone

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

be glad to see the back of someone or something

mainly 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.
See also: back, glad, of, see, someone, something

give someone the glad hand

offer someone a warm and hearty, but often insincere, greeting or welcome. informal
See also: give, glad, hand, someone

in your glad rags

in 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.
See also: glad, rag

ˈglad rags

(old-fashioned, informal) smart clothes worn for a party, etc: We put our glad rags on and went to the theatre.
See also: glad, rag

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.
See also: more

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.
See also: back, of, see, somebody, something

glad

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

glad-hand

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.

glad-hander

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.
References in classic literature ?
Well, couldn't we say, `The hollyhock might have been glad to see the rain, but there was a weak little hollyhock bud growing out of its stalk and it was afraid that that might be hurt by the storm; so the big hollyhock was kind of afraid, instead of being real glad'?
Miss Dearborn looked puzzled as she answered, "Of course, Rebecca, hollyhocks could not be sorry, or glad, or afraid, really.
I know I was sulky sometimes, and I should have been glad to see these children sulky sometimes too; for then I could have understood them: but they never were, for they COULD not be offended, nor hurt, nor ashamed: they could not be unhappy in any way, except when they were in a passion.
Well, my girl, you are not easily discouraged, I see: I am glad of that.
are no mean assemblage: many will be glad to have so much in one instructor; and this time, you shall try your fortune in a somewhat higher family in that of some genuine, thoroughbred gentleman; for such are far more likely to treat you with proper respect and consideration than those purse-proud tradespeople and arrogant upstarts.