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.
Recent Examples of handshake from the Web
Power handshake strategies: tools not just for new business school grads, but also for the world's most visible political leaders.
Sklansky first proposed the concept of handshake-free zones in a 2014 editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
New French President Emmanuel Macron said his now-famous white-knuckled handshake with Trump was a deliberate attempt to demonstrate that he wouldn't be bullied by the American president.
During his first in-person meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump's typically aggressive greeting became a duel of one-upmanship as the two men clenched their jaws and tightened their faces during an intense, white-knuckled handshake.
Accompanied by some of her children and grandchildren, she was buoyed by handshakes and hugs from members of the Portland-area Muslim community and many speakers who praised the heroism of her son and the two other men.
Trump is no stranger to awkward handshakes, though.
White House pooler @PhilipRucker's view of the Trump - Macron handshake in Brussels: knuckles turned white and faces tightened.
About an Existential Crisis Reading Group with a secret handshake.
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First Known Use of handshake
HANDSHAKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of handshake for English Language Learners
: 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
HANDSHAKE Defined for Kids
Definition of handshake for Students
: a clasping of hands by two people (as in greeting)
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