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  1. a gesture of greeting, good-fellowship, or triumph in which one person slaps the upraised palm of the hand against that of another.
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attend, acknowledge, receive, stop, hail, accost, embrace, address, meet, approach, salute, shoulder, nod, recognize, bow, herald, flag, salaam, curtsy, compliment

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  • Games of solo, high-five, and piute went on without him and in heated arguments no one any longer asked his views.

British Dictionary definitions for high-five


  1. a gesture of greeting or congratulation in which two people slap raised right palms together
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  1. to greet or congratulate (a person) in this way
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Word Origin and History for high-five

originally U.S. basketball slang, 1980 as a noun, 1981 as a verb, though the greeting itself seems to be older (e.g. Dick Shawn in "The Producers," 1968). In reference to the five fingers of the hand.

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