hand over hand
see hand over fist.
Examples from the Web for hand over hand
Carson called, coiling in hand-over-hand on the slack of the rope which Smoke's rush gave him.Smoke Bellew|Jack London
He could then climb to earth head first by doing a hand-over-hand on a rope fastened to a peg in the ground.The Crimson Flash|Roy J. Snell
It ascended by a hand-over-hand movement, and with great rapidity.Lost in the Jungle|Paul Du Chaillu
George stood close to the bow with John directly behind him as hand-over-hand they pulled in the wet, cold chain.The Go Ahead Boys in the Island Camp|Ross Kay
Then he felt about till he came to the stem of a palm, and up he went, hand-over-hand.Baby Jane's Mission|Reginald Parnell