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handholding

[hand-hohl-ding]
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.
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Origin of handholding

First recorded in 1905–10; hand + holding
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  • The handholding broke up in the way bits of metal, suddenly charged positive and negative, would fly apart.

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