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 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, "Holidays in the pandemic Staycationers are saving hotels and Airbnb from covid-19," 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, "Robinhood is now worth more than $11 billion," 17 Aug. 2020 In social media presence alone, the NCAA, schools and other major players have profited hand over fist. oregonlive, "Oregon women’s basketball’s Sedona Prince among 2 Pac-12 athletes suing NCAA, Power 5 conferences for share of TV, social media earnings," 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, "Is Easy Money From the Fed Turning the U.S. Economy Japanese?," 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, "This Is How Bernie Wins," 7 Feb. 2020 In the tug-of-war between lawfulness and corruption, a functioning F.E.C. has been losing, hand over fist, to the pull of anti-democratic forces for more than a decade. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Filling the Empty Seats at the F.E.C. Won’t Fix America’s Corrupt Elections," 29 Aug. 2019 But right now, the company is losing money hand over fist (not an uncommon practice among unicorns but not exactly a ringing endorsement of WeWork’s penny-pinching). Rani Molla, Vox, "How WeWork is trying to justify its tech company valuation," 14 Aug. 2019 But that’s not why investors are buying shares hand over fist right now. Eric Bleeker, USA TODAY, "This stock could be like buying Amazon in 1997," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of hand over fist

1830, in the meaning defined above

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6 Sep 2020

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“Hand over fist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20over%20fist. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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