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golden handshake

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noun
  1. a special incentive, as generous severance pay, given to an older employee as an inducement to elect early retirement.
  2. the giving or offering of such an incentive.
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Origin of golden handshake

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for golden hand-shake

golden handshake

noun
  1. informal a sum of money, usually large, given to an employee, either on retirement in recognition of long or excellent service or as compensation for loss of employment
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Idioms and Phrases with golden hand-shake

golden handshake

Generous severance pay to an employee, often as an incentive for early retirement. For example, With a dwindling school population, the town decided to offer golden handshakes to some of the teachers. This slangy business term dates from the mid-1900s. A close relative is golden parachute, a generous severance agreement for an executive in the event of sudden dismissal owing to a merger or similar circumstance. This expression first appeared about 1980.

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