hand·​shake | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌshāk How to pronounce handshake (audio) \

Definition of handshake

: a clasping usually of right hands by two people (as in greeting or farewell)

Examples of handshake in a Sentence

She greeted him with a handshake. He has a firm handshake.

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As the two teams lined up for handshakes after the final buzzer, Hurley followed the officiating crew off the court until a police officer stepped in his way. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu wins Pac-12 player of the year," 27 Feb. 2018 Greitens arrived at the courthouse through a back entry and was greeted with a handshake and hug by a local law officer who was waiting there for him. Jim Salter, chicagotribune.com, "Jury selection begins in trial of Missouri governor as he faces potential impeachment," 10 May 2018 There are so many speeches, handshakes, and requests for selfies that spending a day with Wen feels like being with a politician on the stump. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The New President Of Planned Parenthood Has Big Plans For The Future," 14 Mar. 2019 Their first meeting, which took place in Washington in March 2017, included the moment when Trump appeared to ignore Merkel’s offer of a handshake, a much-remarked upon incident. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 Bill Pugliano/Getty Images President Donald Trump and members of his administration are quite excited about Saturday’s handshake deal between the US and China. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s car deal with China is great — for other countries," 3 Dec. 2018 Musgraves and the others followed, all operating on handshake deals. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 2018 Country Power Players List Revealed: The Industry's Most Influential," 5 June 2018 Ferreira was hired as general manager in late March of 1993 and did not have time to arrange trades or handshake deals for that June’s expansion draft. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "As the expansion Golden Knights pursue the Stanley Cup, the expansion Mighty Ducks remember their goal: to survive," 31 May 2018 Others made handshake deals: If one was fired, the other would quit. Alden Woods, azcentral, "A year after parents sue over Havasupai school, little has changed for Grand Canyon tribe," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of handshake

1802, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handshake

: the act of grasping someone's right hand with your right hand and moving it up and down : the act of shaking hands also : the manner in which a person shakes hands


hand·​shake | \ ˈhand-ˌshāk How to pronounce handshake (audio) \

Kids Definition of handshake

: a clasping of hands by two people (as in greeting)

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