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handclasp

[hand-klasp, -klahsp]
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noun
  1. a gripping of hands by two or more people, as in greeting, parting, making a commitment, or expressing affection.
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Origin of handclasp

First recorded in 1575–85; hand + clasp
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Related Words for handclasp

crunch, restraint, congestion, grasp, constraint, hug, force, crowd, clutch, influence, squash, crush, jam, embrace, press, hold, clasp, handclasp, clamp, hook

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Historical Examples of handclasp

  • But he took no notice; perhaps her handclasp only strengthened his resolve.

    Chatterbox, 1906

    Various

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for handclasp

handclasp

noun
  1. US another word for handshake
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