Which on is more common phrase between handshake and handclasp? I looked it up on dictionary but I couldn't understand. And what's its preposition? For example I handshake with her? Is it right?

1 Answer 1


To shake hands is a formal business greeting.

To clasp hands implies a more intense event; a departing friend, consolation over someone's misfortune etc., or a particularly exuberant politician, greeting potential voters.

I handshake with her

doesn't really work.

I [shake]shook hands with her.

We greeted each other with a simple handshake.

The 'act' is a handshake, it describes that you are shaking hands.

Note: in modern terminology - Computers handshake, people shake hands.

The connection was set up using a handshake method.

  • We can also say, "We shook hands," which means, "We had a handshake."
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 10:28
  • thanks for your answers but I have a slight problem yet! So when I see a friend and take her/him hand as a greeting, I had a handshake with him/her? Or I had a handclaps? How about when we want ro say goodbye and take our hands and say goodbye? Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:27
  • You shook hands. Unless there was hugging involved, I doubt it would qualify as a clasp. Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:47

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .