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hand over hand

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  • Its sides were latticed; we could go up it hand over hand, like monkeys.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • I must go up it hand over hand, dragging the whole weight of my body.

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
  • He points to the steamer where, hand over hand, they haul in a cable.

    Under the Southern Cross

    Elizabeth Robins
  • It is then drawn in, hand over hand, as the sailors say, with might and muscle.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • She clapped on more sail, but we came up to her hand over hand.

  • I began to pull up, hand over hand, trembling all the while like a leaf.

    The Splendid Spur Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  • Hard as they were pulling, hand over hand we came up with them.

    The Cruise of the Frolic W.H.G. Kingston
  • Together, hand over hand, they came in on the reefed mainsail.

  • Then he seized the rope and began to descend, hand over hand.

    The Tiger of Mysore

    G. A. Henty
  • She was more than a mile out an' comin' like a shark, hand over hand.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne

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