I'm reading the play "Dumb Show" by Joe Penhall. (See on Google Books)

Almost at the beginning of the play one of the characters uses this phrase: classic money handshake. What does it mean?

(Barry and Greg shake hands). 

Barry: Hello. You're not a mason. There was nothing funny about your hand shake.
       That was the classic chop from the top. That was a classic money handshake.
      (does it).
      'I'm going to dominate you and take all your money'. And this is a
      showbiz handshake.

What does the classic chop from the top mean?

  • A handshake where there is some form of money exchanged, either by bribing, deception or forcefully taking, etc. I don't suppose there's any good form of money exchange involved here.
    – NVZ
    May 16 '16 at 20:55
  • Might be related to "money shot", which apparently has a number of derivatives like "money quote", "money players", "money position": “Money quote”: Phrase Origin, metaphors involved?
    – herisson
    Aug 1 '17 at 22:50
  • silver and golden handshakes?
    – lbf
    Jul 25 '18 at 11:50

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