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[hand-hohld] /ˈhændˌhoʊld/
a grip with the hand or hands.
something to grip or take hold of, as a support or handle.
Origin of handhold
1635-45; hand + hold1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for handhold
  • We faced inward, moving slowly from one handhold and foothold to the next.
  • But don't be afraid to handhold at slow shutter speeds-the serendipitous effects can be wonderful.
  • Boat barrier cable may be used as handhold in emergency.
  • Be sure that your hands are clean and dry to prevent slipping when grabbing handhold.
  • No handhold shall be provided without a corresponding step.
  • When ferries are underway, boat movement will mean you'll need to handhold your camera.
  • Handrail means a rail used to provide employees with a handhold for support.
  • Both hands should be free for gripping the ladder, handrail, or handhold.
  • Handrails must provide an adequate handhold for employees to grasp to prevent falls.
  • One trainee was unable to keep his handhold on the litter and let go.
British Dictionary definitions for handhold


an object, crevice, etc, that can be used as a grip or support, as in climbing
a grip or secure hold with the hand or hands
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Word Origin and History for handhold

1640s, from hand (n.) + hold (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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