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
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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