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shake hands (with one)

To grasp one's hand as a gesture of greeting, farewell, congratulation, or agreement. I think Dave is really upset with me—he wouldn't even shake hands with me earlier. We shook hands, and I paid her for the car.
See also: hand, shake

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

shake ˈhands (with somebody)

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shake somebody’s ˈhand

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shake somebody by the ˈhand

take hold of somebody’s hand and move it up and down as a greeting or to show that you agree about something: The television pictures of the two presidents shaking hands were shown all over the world.
See also: hand, shake
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Researcher Dr Chris Bevan, of the University of Bath's Department of Psychology, said: "This experiment highlights just how important the symbolic ritual of shaking hands is upon the way people come to judge others as being trustworthy and willing to cooperate.
Dr Ian McCurdie said shaking hands too often could hamper an athletes' chances of performing at their best if they picked up a bug.
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Man City Chelsea V Eastlands, 5.30pm CARLOANCELOTTI is a firm believer in the practice of shaking hands with opposing managers - and will do so after today's game against Mark Hughes' Manchester City.
Mr Lawless said: "I just missed shaking hands with Tony Blair when he came to the Standard Triumph Club in Coventry a few years ago so I was glad to be able to this time."
"There are difficulties - Sinn Fein is a republican party, it's a party that has no votes to garner as a result of Martin McGuinness shaking hands with the Queen.
On whether this means shaking hands should be off-limits, he said: "I think, within reason, yes.
Bush wiping his hand on Bill Clinton's shirt after shaking hands with a Haitian man during their visit to the quake-torn region.
People shaking hands are much more likely to pass on germs such as flu, cold and stomach bugs than those opting for a peck on the cheek, researchers say.
It should not be with a grip like a limp lettuce or without looking at the man you are shaking hands with.
A survey of 1,000 adults by Carex, a hand-wash brand, revealed that the custom of shaking hands is fading with each generation with 74percent confessing they shake hands less than they used to.
A RANGERS-MAD Scots serviceman told yesterday how he found himself shaking hands with a Celtic fan on the streets of Basra.
Aside from shaking hands, Princess Anne also revealed in the documentary how she feels about people taking photos with their phones and iPads during royal visits.
Archer, 61, who will be allowed out of jail today to attend his mother's funeral, was seen shaking hands with Biggs in the exercise yard of the jail's hospital wing.