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 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 This will give you a gap of 5 to 6 inches between the string and the handhold when the bow is strung. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 25 June 2020 When these parts are complete, try a test run by spinning the drill with the bow pinned between the fire board and handhold. Popular Science, 14 Apr. 2020 When these parts are complete, try a test run by spinning the drill with the bow pinned between the fire board and handhold. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 25 Feb. 2020 How to do it: Find a weight-bearing handhold, such as a pull-up bar, portable hang board, rafter, beam, or tree branch. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 6 Apr. 2020 The approximately two-second handhold sent fans all over the world into a frenzy—including Anniston's real-life bestie, Courtney Cox. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of handhold

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handhold was in 1643

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“Handhold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handhold. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handhold

: a place or part on a surface that you can hold on to with your hand while climbing a cliff, mountain, etc.

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