handholding

[ hand-hohl-ding ]
/ ˈhændˌhoʊl dɪŋ /

noun

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.

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Origin of handholding

First recorded in 1905–10; hand + holding
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