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handshake

[ hand-sheyk ]
/ ˈhændˌʃeɪk /
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noun

a gripping and shaking of right hands by two individuals, as to symbolize greeting, congratulation, agreement, or farewell.
Also handshaking. 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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British Dictionary definitions for handshake

handshake
/ (ˈhændˌʃeɪk) /

noun

the act of grasping and shaking a person's hand, as when being introduced or agreeing on a deal
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Idioms and Phrases with handshake

handshake

see golden handshake.

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