Rapidly, at a tremendous rate, as in He's making money hand over fist. This expression is derived from the nautical hand over hand, describing how a sailor climbed a rope. [First half of 1800s]
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How to use hand over fist in a sentence
With $400 a day coming in, and a very small outgo for expenses, the chums were making money hand over fist.Motor Matt's Peril, or, Cast Away in the Bahamas | Stanley R. Matthews
He's took 'em lucky this year, and he's making money hand over fist.'Robbery Under Arms | Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
Now, since cattle had risen and meat and all to such a price, he was making money hand over fist.Robbery Under Arms | Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
So you see wed be apt to come up on those fellows hand over fist.Motor Boat Boys' River Chase | Louis Arundel
He'd run into some hard luck, they gave him a job, and he was making money hand over fist.The Indulgence of Negu Mah | Robert Andrew Arthur