the act of holding, hands, especially as a sign or token of affection.
constant reassurance and help, especially as an indication of one's interest or confidence: We do a lot of handholding with our clients.

1905–10; hand + holding

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Despite all the waiting in the outer office, these visits are down to three or four minutes, extended handholding.
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