shake hands


1

Also, shake someone's hand. Clasp another's hand in greeting, farewell, or congratulation or as a sign of friendship or goodwill. For example, Stop fighting, boys; shake hands and be done with it, or You won first prize? Let me shake your hand. [Early 1500s]

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shake hands on. Confirm a promise or bargain, as in We didn't sign a contract; we simply shook hands on our agreement. [Early 1900s]

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Example sentences from the Web for shake hands

  • His shake-hands was, however, hearty; and his "God bless you," uttered with kind meaning.

  • He made a motion toward the ceremony of 'shake-hands;' but, perceiving no correspondent overture, grinned, "It is warm—ha?"

    Sandra Belloni, Complete|George Meredith
  • The morning papers will call you a young man of great promise, and the whip will never pass you without a shake-hands.'

    Lord Kilgobbin|Charles Lever