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 for software handshaking
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  software handshaking
  XON/XOFF
  
      The transmission of extra data on a channel
     in order to control the device sending data in the other
     direction on that channel.  For an EIA-232 connection, this
     means sending Control-S and Control-Q characters to stop
     and start transmission.
  
     Since software handshaking requires the transmission and
     processing of extra data it can be less efficient than
     hardware handshaking.
  
     (1996-10-16)
  

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