Definition of handholding in English:



  • The provision of careful support or guidance to someone during a learning process or a period of change.

    • ‘The lack of warmth in the Kerzner handholding, is highly unconvincing.’
    • ‘They want handholding and financial advice more than ever,’ said Butler.’
    • ‘When you're in the trenches, there's no handholding.’
    • ‘They also require a tremendous amount of handholding and attention.’
    • ‘It's not exactly rocket science, but newbies sometimes find the process confusing and require some handholding.’
    • ‘But the fact remains that there are still some vulnerable sections of society that need handholding, even to enjoy the fruits of globalisation.’
    • ‘The problem is that the amount of handholding an average end-user needs in buying a computer exceeds the margin you could possibly make on selling it.’
    • ‘That can require some handholding, Chan admits, but it's work that has earned Schwab a loyal customer base.’
    • ‘If you want a new kind of stealth challenge, this isn't it because there's far too much handholding going on throughout Operation Surma.’
    • ‘Since then, Johnson has also done a good bit of handholding for Valley Center's doctors.’
    • ‘They require serious handholding and that is why the company recently launched its Trusted Advisor Program.’
    • ‘Many, like him, see students as inadequately prepared, lacking basic writing skills and foundational knowledge, constantly complaining about hard work or boredom, and expecting spoon feeding and handholding.’
    • ‘We send a volunteer who does some handholding, after which the society becomes strong enough to move forward.’
    • ‘This mental effort on the part of the viewer frustrates many people, but Cohen fans appreciate the lack of handholding.’
    • ‘As soon as everyone had bought their first cell phone, the partners figured, consumers would need less handholding.’
    • ‘And don't come to New York and expect this level of handholding, because it won't exist.’
    • ‘‘Early-stage clients tend to be very frenetic and require a ton of handholding,’ he says.’
    • ‘There is no courting, no sweet talk or handholding.’
    • ‘He spares us any obvious handholding, but it nonetheless becomes clear what Jef is doing and why.’
    • ‘The Sur-Tel account was fine, but they needed the usual client handholding.’