short human greeting or parting ritual
A handshake is a short ritual in which two people grasp one of each other's like hands, in most cases accompanied by a brief up-and-down movement of the grasped hands.
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- Do you know where the handshake comes from? In ancient times it was a way to prove to a stranger that you did not carry weapons. Yes, offer your open hand to show that you did not have bad intentions. I wonder if the viruses know it.
- Contagion, written by Scott Z. Burns (2011)
- A hand will stretch out towards an outstretched hand. A hand will open for an opened hand.