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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Examples from the Web for handholding

Contemporary Examples of handholding

  • No wonder we have helicopter parents hellbent on handholding.

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    Why Kids Are Making Us Crazy

    James Poulos

    March 30, 2014

  • There are sometimes long discussions about her unique situation, often handholding, and always personal, safe care.

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    More on Dr. Gosnell

    Michael Tomasky

    April 18, 2013

Historical Examples of handholding

  • The handholding broke up in the way bits of metal, suddenly charged positive and negative, would fly apart.

    Sense from Thought Divide

    Mark Irvin Clifton