handhold

[hand-hohld]
noun
1.
a grip with the hand or hands.
2.
something to grip or take hold of, as a support or handle.

Origin:
1635–45; hand + hold1

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handhold (ˈhændˌhəʊld)
 
n
1.  an object, crevice, etc, that can be used as a grip or support, as in climbing
2.  a grip or secure hold with the hand or hands

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Example sentences
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.
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