hand·​hold | \ ˈhand-ˌhōld How to pronounce handhold (audio) \

Definition of handhold

1 : hold, grip
2 : something to hold on to (as in mountain climbing)

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Examples of handhold in a Sentence

she tried to maintain her tight handhold on the umbrella as the wind picked up
Recent Examples on the Web In their final descent, the toadlets sometimes reach for a handhold, but the effort is for naught. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 The hoods are taller than those found on Shimano’s Ultegra and Dura-Ace levers in order to provide a more secure handhold when riding rough roadswith hands perched on top of the levers. Josh Patterson, Outside Online, 18 May 2020 The climb was originally rated 5.14d but was bumped up to 5.15a when a handhold near the top broke off. The Editors, Outside Online, 18 Mar. 2015 Back off your shoulder rotation slightly and try kicking your bottom leg away from your handhold, moving your knee backwards and increasing the stretch. Andrew Simmons, Outside Online, 23 Sep. 2019 At this point, a handhold in the office is too weak of a stance for her. Kevin Sullivan, Robb Report, 7 Nov. 2021 All but the shortest hikers can get through this jumble without the need for a handhold. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2021 The producer of the ceremony protested, saying a handhold would ruin photos of the moment. Scott Wilson, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2020 But the top step was so narrow, and the riser so wobbly, that Johnson asked for a handhold to be installed. Scott Wilson, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of handhold

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Jun 2022

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“Handhold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handhold. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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