hand over fist


Definition of hand over fist

: quickly and in large amounts making money hand over fist

Examples of hand over fist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only sound was coming from the men who were in a line carrying hand over fist buckets of ash down the mound. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 1 Sep. 2021 Sohel’s father, boozing it up and selling his property hand over fist, and then dying rather ignominiously in a drunken New Year’s Eve crash, has squandered not just property but connections also. Cressida Leysho, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 Nervous traders are buying US 10-year Treasuries hand over fist, pushing their yields to under 1.3% — the lowest rate for long-term bonds since February. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 8 July 2021 Even as lockdowns have been relaxed, and some travel has resumed, airlines, cruise lines and tour operators are all still losing money hand over fist. The Economist, 31 Aug. 2020 And even though Robinhood has been raising cash hand over fist in the private markets, analysts still say an IPO could be in the cards for the startup before the end of 2021. Matt Egan, CNN, 17 Aug. 2020 In social media presence alone, the NCAA, schools and other major players have profited hand over fist. oregonlive, 15 June 2020 One of the reasons things got so out of hand during the Great Financial Crisis of 2007-2009 is because the debt was being issued hand over fist to low-quality borrowers. Ben Carlson, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2019 The drug companies have gone berserk, making money hand over fist—what about this guy who raised the price of that drug a thousand percent? Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hand over fist

1830, in the meaning defined above

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7 Sep 2021

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“Hand over fist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20over%20fist. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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