Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Strong personal support and reassurance, especially to alleviate tension and anxiety.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The holding of hands.
  • n. Strong personal support or reassurance.
  • adj. Holding hands.
  • adj. Deeply and ostentatiously in love.

Etymologies

hand +‎ holding (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The buildings are spinning around me as I twirl along with my husband who seems to feel that handholding is no longer original enough.

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  • I have to disagree Michael about the "handholding" of Editors at conferences.

    The Value of Critique?

  • Kennedy, who has been holding regular "handholding" sessions with the senators to calm their fears, plans to introduce the legislation soon after the Easter recess.

    Some Teddy Handholding

  • The 'handholding' thing will only hurt if Obama fluffs foreign policy in the debates - I don't think he will.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • The UNC system hopes to improve graduation rates by expanding expensive "handholding" programs for students who are not ready for college-level work.

    Pope Center Articles

  • News Government may have taken on too much in leading local industry, resulting in the private sector being too inactive and in need of "handholding", says official.

    ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News

  • RG: Does the SYNNEX Converged Solutions Group offer a "one-stop shop" environment and any "handholding" services?

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  • I removed the linux "handholding" os that was on it and put on windows xp until someone gets a wifi driver working on the hackintosh.

    British Blogs

  • "handholding" which is an important step for a new program that might be confusing to some.

    Worldchanging: Bright Green

  • But Abrams strikes a more or less successful balance, aside from a few hamhanded “R2-D2, meet C-3PO” moments and a little too much handholding and lampshade-hanging.

    Star Trek « Gerry Canavan

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