- 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
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Examples from the Web for hand-holding
Even an existing bond benefits from reviewing the fine art of hand-holding and sharing a porch swing.What the Stars Hold for Your Week, June 26-July 2, 2011
Starsky + Cox
June 26, 2011
In February 1983, Vice President was dispatched on a hand-holding mission to our allies in Europe.My Brush With Obama's Top Spook
November 29, 2008
She's an old cat, like her pussyfooting, hand-holding husband.Main Street
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.
I wasn't napping when I saw that hand-holding and kissing from the131 top of Beacon Hill.
"Lollapalussing" was a Tweedles word and meant sentimental spooning and a hand-holding tendency.Back at School with the Tucker Twins
Then he laughed, realizing that the hand-holding and the rest were no longer criminal offenses.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln