shake hands

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shake hands (third-person singular simple present shakes hands, present participle shaking hands, simple past shook hands, past participle shaken hands)

  1. To grasp another person's hands as an expression of greeting, farewell, agreement, etc.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter II, The Younger Set:
      Gerald was enthusiastic. After a while they shook hands, it being time to separate. And for a long time Selwyn sat there alone in the visitors' room, absent-eyed, facing the blazing fire of cannel coal.

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