Shake hands vs. Handshake

Shake hands = (verb) to hold someone’s hand and move it up and down several times as a way of greeting.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan when they met at Delhi to discuss the Kerala flood situation.
  • Nice to meet, Tomi said , shaking my hand when I met him at Chicago.
  • People shake hands when meeting with friends and guests.
  • Children should be taught how to shake hands with their friends.
  • He came up and shook hands with me again before parting.

Handshake =(noun) A brief greeting or parting tradition in which two people grasp one of each other’s hand.  Using right hand is considered proper etiquette.

  • Handshakes are very common especially on business meetings.
  • In Russia , a handshake is performed by men and rarely performed by women.
  • In business, a handshake is an important tool in making the right first impression.
  • He welcomed me with a warm handshake.

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