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Meaning of handholding

hand•hold•ing

Pronunciation: (hand'hōl"ding), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of holding hands, esp. as a sign or token of affection.
  2. constant reassurance and help, esp. as an indication of one's interest or confidence: We do a lot of handholding with our clients.
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