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shake hands (with someone)

to clasp and shake the hand of someone as a greeting. His hands were full, and I didn't know whether to try to shake hands with him or not. He put down his packages, and we shook hands.
See also: hand, shake

shake hands

 and shake someone's hand
to take someone's hand and move it up and down to greet someone or mark an agreement with someone. (See also shake hands (with someone).) David shook my hand when he greeted me. Anne and John shook hands before their business appointment.
See also: hand, shake

shake hands

1. Also, shake someone's hand. Clasp another's hand in greeting, farewell, or congratulation or as a sign of friendship or goodwill. For example, Stop fighting, boys; shake hands and be done with it, or You won first prize? Let me shake your hand. [Early 1500s]
2. shake hands on. Confirm a promise or bargain, as in We didn't sign a contract; we simply shook hands on our agreement. [Early 1900s]
See also: hand, shake
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Shake hands if you mean it, shake hands if you want to shake hands.
While explaining the incident, Genc said the deputy insistently wanted to shake hands with him although he had said he will not as he does not support the AK Party, saying he kindly told them to continue their visits.
There were fears the pair would not shake hands before tomorrow's game, but both appear prepared to do so.
The three points are far more important than whether the two teams shake hands as Chelsea look to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Premier League campaign.
The debate took different forms throughout the world, with some Muslims supporting her decision, while others thought she was attracting unwanted attention by refusing to shake hands with a man whom they claimed was harmless.
The BOA yesterday insisted athletes could and should shake hands - but to minimise the risk of germ transmission when doing so.
And does it mean that if I don't shake hands with a player I am not being respectful?
There was another notable case, in France, in the early 1960s, when the then President De Gaulle refused to shake hands with the then leader of the French Senate - the equivalent of our House of Lords.
Shiryan said that Ayalon then requested that Faysal shake hands with him, and Faysal responded saying, "You are the one who should come to me and shake my hand.
I don't know why Wenger didn't shake hands with the other coach.
TONY PULIS and Gary Megson believe rival managers should always shake hands - whether they mean it or not.
Albanian President Bamir Topi was the only foreign president at Gjorge Ivanov's inauguration ceremony that did not shake hands with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
Still, there are those who I would never shake hands with even if there were no germs: Nazis, idiots, criminals, unreformed skinheads and certain politicians.
WORKERS face a dilemma every time they greet a client or colleague - whether to shake hands and appear aloof, or kiss and risk an embarrassing grope or clash of cheeks, according to a new report today.
EMANUEL Pogatetz will not be bothered if Chelsea's stars refuse to shake hands after tomorrow's clash in the capital - because it will mean Boro have beaten them again.