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1. The grasping of hands by two people, as in greeting or leave-taking.
2. Computers An exchange of signals between two devices when communications begin in order to ensure synchronization.


the act of grasping and shaking a person's hand, as when being introduced or agreeing on a deal



1. a gripping and shaking of each other's hand, as to symbolize greeting, agreement, or farewell.
2. an exchange of signals in a computer system, ensuring synchronization whenever a connection, as with another device, is initially established.


  1. A grip like a trash compactor —Jonathan Valin
  2. A grip like a weightlifter —Harvey Swados
  3. Grip like iron —Walker Percy
  4. A grip like pincers —Gerald Kersh
  5. Hand gripped like bird claws —Wallace Stegner
  6. (Your) hand grips mine like a railing on an icy night —Adrienne Rich
  7. Hand … pumping at mine as if he expected my fingertips to squirt milk or something —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  8. Handshake like a bite —Leonard Michaels
  9. Handshake like cold, cooked spaghetti —Mark Singer
  10. Her hand was limp as a dead carp —Jay Parini
  11. His fingers pressed my hand like pieces of wood —Aharon Megged
  12. Shook hands … like competitors before a match of some kind —Ross Macdonald
  13. Shook hands like strangers —John Dos Passos
  14. Took it (the hand) cautiously, as if he were picking up a loathsome object preparatory to dropping it in the trash basket —Evan Hunter
  15. (She) took Jim’s soft fingers and held them closely, until he felt that they had been drawn into a mangle —Frank Swinnerton
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handshake - grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)handshake - grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)
contract - a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
acknowledgement, acknowledgment - a statement acknowledging something or someone; "she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment"; "the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her"
مُصافَحَة باليَد
podání ruky
apretón de manos
podanie ruky
el sıkışma


[ˈhændʃeɪk] Napretón m de manos (Comput) → coloquio m; (as data signal) → "acuse de recibo"
she had a firm or strong handshakeestrechaba la mano con fuerza
she had a weak handshakeestrechaba la mano muy débilmente


[ˈhændʃeɪk] n
(between people)poignée f de main
(COMPUTING)établissement m de liaison, établissement m de connexionhands-off [ˌhændzˈɒf] adj [policy] → de non-intervention


(Comput) → Handshake m, → Quittungsaustausch m


[ˈhændˌʃeɪk] nstretta di mano


(hӕnd) noun
1. the part of the body at the end of the arm.
2. a pointer on a clock, watch etc. Clocks usually have an hour hand and a minute hand.
3. a person employed as a helper, crew member etc. a farm hand; All hands on deck!
4. help; assistance. Can I lend a hand?; Give me a hand with this box, please.
5. a set of playing-cards dealt to a person. I had a very good hand so I thought I had a chance of winning.
6. a measure (approximately centimetres) used for measuring the height of horses. a horse of 14 hands.
7. handwriting. written in a neat hand.
(often with back, ~down, ~up etc).
1. to give (something) to someone by hand. I handed him the book; He handed it back to me; I'll go up the ladder, and you can hand the tools up to me.
2. to pass, transfer etc into another's care etc. That is the end of my report from Paris. I'll now hand you back to Fred Smith in the television studio in London.
ˈhandful noun
1. as much as can be held in one hand. a handful of sweets.
2. a small number. Only a handful of people came to the meeting.
3. a person etc difficult to control. Her three children are a (bit of a) handful.
ˈhandbag noun
(American usually purse) a small bag carried by women, for personal belongings.
ˈhandbill noun
a small printed notice.
ˈhandbook noun
a small book giving information about (how to do) something. a handbook of European birds; a bicycle-repair handbook.
ˈhandbrake noun
(in a car, bus etc) a brake operated by the driver's hand.
ˈhandcuff verb
to put handcuffs on (a person). The police handcuffed the criminal.
ˈhandcuffs noun plural
steel rings, joined by a short chain, put round the wrists of prisoners. a pair of handcuffs.
ˈhand-lens noun
a magnifying-glass held in the hand.
ˌhandˈmade adjective
made with a person's hands or with tools held in the hands, rather than by machines. hand-made furniture.
hand-ˈoperated adjective
hand-operated switches.
ˈhand-outhand outbelowˌhand-ˈpicked adjective
chosen very carefully. a hand-picked team of workers.
ˈhandshake noun
the act of grasping (a person's) hand eg as a greeting.
ˈhandstand noun
the gymnastic act of balancing one's body upright in the air with one's hands on the ground.
ˈhandwriting noun
1. writing with a pen or pencil. Today we will practise handwriting.
2. the way in which a person writes. Your handwriting is terrible!
ˈhandwritten adjective
The letter was handwritten, not typed.
at hand
1. (with close or near) near. The bus station is close at hand.
2. available. Help is at hand.
at the hands of
from, or by the action of. He received very rough treatment at the hands of the terrorists.
be hand in glove (with someone)
to be very closely associated with someone, especially for a bad purpose.
by hand
1. with a person's hand or tools held in the hands, rather than with machinery. furniture made by hand.
2. not by post but by a messenger etc. This parcel was delivered by hand.
fall into the hands (of someone)
to be caught, found, captured etc by someone. He fell into the hands of bandits; The documents fell into the wrong hands (= were found, captured etc by someone who was not supposed to see them).
force someone's hand
to force someone to do something either which he does not want to do or sooner than he wants to do it.
get one's hands on
1. to catch. If I ever get my hands on him, I'll make him sorry for what he did!
2. to get or obtain. I'd love to get my hands on a car like that.
give/lend a helping hand
to help or assist. I'm always ready to give/lend a helping hand.
hand down
to pass on from one generation to the next. These customs have been handed down from father to son since the Middle Ages.
hand in
to give or bring to a person, place etc. The teacher told the children to hand in their exercise-books.
hand in hand
with one person holding the hand of another. The boy and girl were walking along hand in hand; Poverty and crime go hand in hand.
hand on
to give to someone. When you have finished reading these notes, hand them on to me.
hand out
to give to several people; to distribute. The teacher handed out books to all the pupils; They were handing out leaflets in the street.
hand-out noun
a leaflet.
handout noun
1. a leaflet or a copy of a piece of paper with information given to students in class, distributed at a meeting etc. You'll find the diagram on page four of your handout.
2. money, clothes etc given to a very poor person or a beggar.
hand over
to give or pass; to surrender. We know you have the jewels, so hand them over; They handed the thief over to the police.
hand over fist
in large amounts, usually quickly. He's making money hand over fist.
hands down
very easily. You'll win hands down.
hands off!
do not touch!.
hands-on adjective
practical; involving active participation. hands-on experience with computers.
hands up!
raise your hands above your head. `Hands up!' shouted the gunman.
hand to hand with one individual fighting another at close quarters: The soldiers fought the enemy hand to hand; () adjective (etc)
hand-to-hand fighting.
have a hand in (something)
to be one of the people who have caused, done etc (something). Did you have a hand in the building of this boat / in the success of the project?
have/get/gain the upper hand
to (begin to) win, beat the enemy etc. The enemy made a fierce attack but failed to get the upper hand.
hold hands (with someone)
to be hand in hand with someone. The boy and girl walked along holding hands (with each other).
in good hands
receiving care and attention. The patient is in good hands.
in hand
1. not used etc; remaining. We still have $10 in hand.
2. being dealt with. We have received your complaint and the matter is now in hand.
in the hands of
being dealt with by. This matter is now in the hands of my solicitor.
keep one's hand in
to remain good or skilful at doing something by doing it occasionally. I still sometimes play a game of billiards, just to keep my hand in.
off one's hands
no longer needing to be looked after etc. You'll be glad to get the children off your hands for a couple of weeks.
on hand
near; present; ready for use etc. We always keep some candles on hand in case there's a power failure.
(on the one hand) … on the other hand
an expression used to introduce two opposing parts of an argument etc. (On the one hand) we could stay and help you, but on the other hand, it might be better if we went to help him instead.
out of hand
unable to be controlled. The angry crowd was getting out of hand.
shake hands with (someone) / shake someone's hand
to grasp a person's (usually right) hand, in one's own (usually right) hand, as a form of greeting, as a sign of agreement etc.
a show of hands
at a meeting, debate etc, a vote expressed by people raising their hands.
take in hand
to look after, discipline or train.
to hand
here; easily reached. All the tools you need are to hand.
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Meanwhile, in the U.S., Henry Ford and Harry Ferguson (another Irishman) had made their famous "Handshake Agreement" to manufacture the Ford-Ferguson tractor Model 9N (1939) and Model 2N (1942, a wartime version with modifications to save critical materials).
Canada's foreign affairs minister, Freeland, is in Washington this week and the signs are that a handshake agreement will be reached by Friday's deadline.
Trump and the Europeans now have a handshake agreement to aim for zero tariffs on both sides of the Atlantic.
THERE WILL BE NO REPLAY of the costly and damaging strike by UPS Teamsters that took place 20 years ago, as the world's largest small package company and its approximately 265,000 Teamsters have reached what UPS calls a "handshake agreement" on a five-year labor deal that could pave the way for Sunday deliveries.
"By way of background, Dave and John have met informally on several occasions over the past month and, in high-level terms, this handshake agreement allows them to join forces to recruit new players for the first team squad for season 2018/19.
It is part of the handshake agreement to promote unity in the country," Mr Kang'ata, who is also the Senate Majority Deputy ChiefWhip, said.The team led by Mr Wamalwa, however, did not meet Mr Odinga.