hand over fist

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Quickly or in great quantity, especially in reference to earning money.

Etymology:

  • Related to earlier hand over hand, this phrase originally referred to a speedy method of climbing up or hauling on a rope.
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He didn't earn much, but the company seemed to rake in money hand over fist.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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