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[hand-hohl-ding] /ˈhændˌhoʊl dɪŋ/
the act of holding hands, especially as a sign or token of affection.
constant reassurance and help, especially as an indication of one's interest or confidence:
We do a lot of handholding with our clients.
Origin of handholding
First recorded in 1905-10; hand + holding Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She's an old cat, like her pussyfooting, hand-holding husband.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • I've gone following after you kinder heedless-like till—till he gave me a blow twixt the eyes, with his hand-holding and kissing.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • I wasn't napping when I saw that hand-holding and kissing from the131 top of Beacon Hill.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • "Lollapalussing" was a Tweedles word and meant sentimental spooning and a hand-holding tendency.

  • Then he laughed, realizing that the hand-holding and the rest were no longer criminal offenses.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Slang definitions & phrases for hand-holding



Support; reassurance; encouragement: Congress wants some hand-holding from Clinton on Somalia (1908+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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