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handholding

[hand-hohl-ding] /ˈhændˌhoʊl dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of holding, hands, especially as a sign or token of affection.
2.
constant reassurance and help, especially as an indication of one's interest or confidence:
We do a lot of handholding with our clients.
Origin
1905-1910
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.
  • Spend less time handholding and more time empowering.
  • handholding is allowed as long as it is in full view of staff and on top of the table.

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