One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shake hands with fervour or affection.‘they clasped hands and slapped each other on the back’
- ‘‘I really appreciate for the help, man,’ he told the plumber, clasping hands with him before he showed the way out.’
- ‘But surely the portrayal of a man and woman clasping hands in such a room signifies something more.’
- ‘He moved to her side and they clasped hands, allowing themselves to shake for just this time.’
- ‘Men arriving at the embassy in the morning smiled widely, clasped hands and then pulled together in long embraces.’
- ‘She watches the men clasp hands, again taken aback by a display of obvious affection for her father.’
- ‘Their turn came, and they walked to meet at the centre of the stage, clasping hands as they took their bows.’
- ‘Hearing their sentences, the defendants smiled at each other and clasped hands.’
- ‘They clasped hands and patted each other's backs.’
- ‘Elderly folk emerging from a meeting on the beaches late last month clasped hands and insisted, ‘We are all New Zealanders.’’
- ‘Women often tied their veils together so as not to get lost, or clasped hands in an unyielding grip that made it impossible to pass through a group in closed formation.’
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