Definition of Golden handshake

1. Noun. A lucrative severance agreement offered to an employee (usually as an incentive to retire).

Generic synonyms: Severance Agreement

Definition of Golden handshake

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A generous severance payment, especially as an inducement to leave employment. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Golden Handshake

golden fairy lantern
golden fern
golden fig
golden fruit dove
golden girl
golden girls
golden glow
golden goal
golden goals
golden goose
golden gram
golden groundsel
golden hamster
golden hamsters
golden handcuffs
golden handshake (current term)
golden heather
golden hello
golden honey plant
golden ironweed
golden larch
golden maidenhair
golden marguerite
golden mean
golden means
golden mole
golden oak mushroom
golden oldie
golden oldies
golden opportunities

Literary usage of Golden handshake

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Federal Hiring from the Welfare Rolls: Congressional Hearings edited by John L. Mica (1999)
"... buyouts to almost 130000 Federal employees, 92 percent of whom retired with tax-supported pensions to supplement that golden handshake that we provided. ..."

2. State of the Nation: South Africa 2007 by S Buhlungu (2007)
"This led to his contract being terminated early, but at the cost of his receiving the richest golden handshake (R232 million) in local corporate history.2 ..."

3. Advances in Risk Management of Government Debt by H. J. Blommestein (2005)
"None of the debt management agencies surveyed offer golden handshake arrangements to try to attract key staff. ..."

4. CyberRisk '96 Proceedings: Tools for Reducing Risk and Building Ethical by National Computer Security Association (1998)
"... have successfully carried out crimes have been rewarded by a "golden handshake" (a special payment in return for leaving) and even positive references. ..."

5. Maggie's Sauna by Paul E. Furdon (2000)
"After each visit Sean says good-bye with a golden handshake containing a double sawbuck or more for "postage stamp money." Brother Algernon is a strapping, ..."

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