Opposite of golden handshake. When one loses their job with no compensation.
You think you're going to be made redundant with a big fat payoff but no, you get the brown handshake. Do not collect any money, just clear your desk and get the hell outta here!
by Nathdogg June 02, 2004
When you reach into a used toilet bowl up to your elbow to try to remove a clog.
"Wow James, you were in the bathroom for a while. Did you just do a brown handshake?"
by Mr Smoothy November 07, 2012