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  1. a gripping and shaking of right hands by two individuals, as to symbolize greeting, congratulation, agreement, or farewell.
  2. Also hand·shak·ing. Computers. an exchange of predetermined signals between a computer and a peripheral device or another computer, made when a connection is initially established or at intervals during data transmission, in order to assure proper synchronization.
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Origin of handshake

First recorded in 1870–75; hand + shake
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Related Words for handshake

pact, accord, harmony, ovation, acceptance, reception, hospitality, hello, salute, handshake, pledge, bargain, commitment, arrangement, record, guarantee, obligation, settlement, bond, compact

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Contemporary Examples of handshake

Historical Examples of handshake

  • Adams gratefully protracted the handshake that accompanied these inquiries.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • There was no possibility of anything further between them, not even a handshake.


    Emile Zola

  • Moore seemed enraptured at the handshake and breathless over the occasion.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • And now I suppose we shall say good-bye without even a handshake.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • "I believe you," said I, returning his handshake as cordially as he had bestowed it.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

British Dictionary definitions for handshake


  1. the act of grasping and shaking a person's hand, as when being introduced or agreeing on a deal
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Word Origin and History for handshake


1801, from hand (n.) + shake (n.). Hand-shaking is attested from 1805.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with handshake


see golden handshake.

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