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hand over hand

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  • With the flashlight fastened to the back of her belt, Jo Ann climbed, hand over hand, up to the roof.

    The Secret of Casa Grande Helen Randolph
  • Its sides were latticed; we could go up it hand over hand, like monkeys.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • Some climbed the lofty cocoa-palms, hand over hand, foot over foot, with all the dexterity of monkeys.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • It is then drawn in, hand over hand, as the sailors say, with might and muscle.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • On the way up, hand over hand, I observed a long shark looking at me.

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

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • Up he went, hand over hand, and putting his toes into nicks every now and then, thereby helping himself very much.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • Jerry has the rope now, and he is coming in, hand over hand!

    The Outdoor Chums After Big Game Captain Quincy Allen
  • On came the headmost ship with the Dolphin hand over hand, the flag of France flaunting proudly at her peak.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • But now Amy Lawrence was beckoning, and he made a rush for the rail, then worked his way aft, hand over hand.

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