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[hand-klasp, -klahsp] /ˈhændˌklæsp, -ˌklɑsp/
a gripping of hands by two or more people, as in greeting, parting, making a commitment, or expressing affection.
Origin of handclasp
First recorded in 1575-85; hand + clasp Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But he took no notice; perhaps her handclasp only strengthened his resolve.

  • And it was but natural that the handclasp should be symbolic of that deliberation.

  • There was nothing to tell of any handclasp when I woke in the morning.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • Auguste felt a shiver run through him at the sight of that handclasp.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • He was disappointed, but he smiled as he exchanged a handclasp with his only son.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • Without a gesture or a handclasp she left Sordello as quickly as she had come.

  • His surprise deepened to perplexity at the warmth of the handclasp that followed.

  • She gravely extended her hand to meet his and the hatchet was buried in that handclasp.

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall Ruth Alberta Brown
  • They have found that the handclasp is stronger than the handcuff.

    The Affable Stranger Peter McArthur
  • And then the look and handclasp between them turned every word into sweetness and good-will.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
British Dictionary definitions for handclasp


(US) another word for handshake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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