hand over hand
see hand over fist.
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Examples from the Web for hand over hand
It ascended by a hand-over-hand movement, and with great rapidity.Lost in the Jungle
Paul Du Chaillu
Then he felt about till he came to the stem of a palm, and up he went, hand-over-hand.Baby Jane's Mission
He evidenced a hand-over-hand intention of crawling out of the crack.Smoke Bellew
Grasping the rope, Harvey went rapidly up, hand-over-hand, until he could seize the beam.Jack Harvey's Adventures
Ruel Perley Smith
George stood close to the bow with John directly behind him as hand-over-hand they pulled in the wet, cold chain.