High five


a gesture of greeting, good-fellowship, or triumph in which one person slaps the upraised palm of the hand against that of another.
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1.  a gesture of greeting or congratulation in which two people slap raised right palms together
2.  to greet or congratulate (a person) in this way

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Word Origin & History

originally U.S. basketball slang, 1980 as a noun, 1981 as a verb, though the greeting itself seems to be older (e.g. Dick Shawn in "The Producers," 1968).
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Slang Dictionary

high five definition

  1. n.
    a greeting where the palm of the hand is raised and slapped against another person's palm similarly raised. (Compare this with low five.) : They exchanged a high five and went on with the show.
  2. tv. & in.
    to greet someone as described in sense 1. : They high fived and went off together.
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