a grip with the hand or hands.
something to grip or take hold of, as a support or handle.

1635–45; hand + hold1

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handhold (ˈhændˌhəʊld)
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
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