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The act of clasping the hand of another, especially in friendship.
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(ˈhændˌklæsp, -ˌklɑsp)

a gripping of hands by two or more people, as in greeting or parting.
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Noun1.handclasp - grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)handclasp - 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"
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References in classic literature ?
But his handclasp was hearty, and he spoke in Lithuanian, which warmed Jurgis to him.
This was the follow-up of the handclasp between Imran and Modi at Bishkek, earlier, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation conference.
During the next 45 minutes Arms Rising and Falling (Permissive), Handclasp (Authoritative) suggestibility tests and a 20 minutes progressive relaxation induction were done.
Later though he was mirroring Doria using a much more bent and compliant looking handclasp, hinting he might quietly be in awe of both women," James explained.
The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), in partnership with the Project Handclasp Foundation (PHF) and the US-Philippines Society (USPS), turned over recently the initial batch of Smart School-in-a-Bag kits that use technology to enable teachers to hold classes even without electricity to Caloocan Elementary School, Abdulazis Elementary School, and Tuca Boganga Elementary School in Marawi City.
NAVSUP FLC San Diego executed the President's request in collaboration with Project Handclasp and United States Northern Command, ensuring 48 pallets of disaster relief supplies were on the ground and in the hands of the Mexican people within hours.
Rose reveres her father, but Ralph views him as weak and impotent: "he saw the plump hands as indolent and useless and believed that in a handclasp they would be flaccid" (114).
8 is consistent with the parenthetical comment made in 1923, by Coue, when directing a subject's handclasp experience:
Particicipating non-government organizations are Project Hope, Operation Smile, Latter Day Saints Charities, University of California at San Diego, University of Virginia, University of Hawaii, Project Handclasp, and World Vets.
In contrast, visitors with a Highland background appear to have treated the inhabitants as equals, with one commentator noting that they were reviving old memories 'around the cottage fire, and the friendly handclasp was warm and frequent', (73) while to others, such as emigrants, the attraction was nostalgic as 'cottager and visitor recounted youthful experiences in the accents of the much-loved Gael.' (74) To the Highland community in Glasgow, An Clachan became more than a mere pastiche created for passive consumption by others, such as the comment that 'the informal ceilidhs of an evening in the Clachan are much enjoyed.
touch; may be a handclasp, a hug, or a brief kiss....
there is no more rewarding experience in the world than the handclasp of