One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Clasp someone's right hand in one's own at meeting or parting, in reconciliation or congratulation, or as a sign of agreement.‘we shook hands on the promise’
- ‘The first time I met Kevin, he shook my hand when I arrived and again when I left, and remembered me from the previous week when I couldn't have picked him out of a lineup.’
- ‘I think he did a hell of a job; and I was the first one to congratulate him and shake his hand when he gave that argument.’
- ‘I just waited my turn and shook his hand and congratulated him on the show.’
- ‘But at a recent game, one of the newest players, Darius Miles, came over to shake the owner 's hand, a sign of respect and appreciation that seems to matter to Allen.’
- ‘I and many of the students were delighted to shake his hand and congratulate him.’
- ‘People came up and shook my hand, congratulating me, and welcoming me.’
- ‘He shook Matt 's hand and then clasped Sarah's hand for a moment.’
- ‘‘I shook his hand and congratulated him even though it was through gritted teeth,’ he laughed.’
- ‘Ken Ferrari looked towards me, shaking my hand in congratulations.’
- ‘Dom laughed and shook Ash 's hand in agreement to the bet.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.