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handholding

[hand-hohl-ding] /ˈhændˌhoʊl dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of holding hands, especially as a sign or token of affection.
2.
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
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; hand + holding
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