from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A solemn form of betrothal requiring common consent to revoke it, usual among the Irish peasantry.
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The hand-promise in Ireland between the marriageable young of both sexes, is considered the most solemn and binding of all obligations.
"Susan, I am thinking of that same Sunday evening on which we exchanged the hand-promise.