- a gripping and shaking of right hands by two individuals, as to symbolize greeting, congratulation, agreement, or farewell.
- Also hand·shak·ing. Computers. an exchange of predetermined signals between a computer and a peripheral device or another computer, made when a connection is initially established or at intervals during data transmission, in order to assure proper synchronization.
Origin of handshake
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Examples from the Web for handshake
She signed the papers and strode out of the office without a “handshake or a glance” despite making millions on the deal.Food Fight! The Seven Biggest Rivalries Inside the Food Network
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Partnerships with restaurants are based on “handshake agreements” he said.Paint Nite Combines Art Lessons and Alcohol at Bars and Restaurants
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He met with every single kid in that headquarters, gave them a hug and a handshake and a thanks.Sunday Talk: Dianne Feinstein, Lindsey Graham & Bob Woodward on the Petraeus Aftershocks (Video)
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November 11, 2012
The first handshake took place behind closed doors at Belfast's Lyric Theatre and was not recorded.Handshake of History
June 27, 2012
A handshake between McGuinness and the Queen wll be a hugely significant gesture.Queen and Irish Nationalist WILL Shake Hands
June 22, 2012
Adams gratefully protracted the handshake that accompanied these inquiries.Alice Adams
There was no possibility of anything further between them, not even a handshake.L'Assommoir
Moore seemed enraptured at the handshake and breathless over the occasion.The Prisoner
And now I suppose we shall say good-bye without even a handshake.The Arrow of Gold
"I believe you," said I, returning his handshake as cordially as he had bestowed it.The O'Ruddy
- the act of grasping and shaking a person's hand, as when being introduced or agreeing on a deal
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Word Origin and History for handshake
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with handshake
see golden handshake.
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