hand over fist


: quickly and in large amounts
making money hand over fist

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As Warners and CBS Studios made money hand over fist, Pedowitz reported to a board comprised of execs from both conglomerates and oversaw growth for The CW’s streaming offerings. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Oct. 2022 Not all are prepared to spend money hand over fist to build up a streaming platform complete with their own content, however. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 2 Sep. 2022 In Utah’s 4th Congressional District, Rep. Burgess Owens continues to raise money hand over fist, pulling in $382,646 for the quarter and just over $2 million in total for the 2022 election cycle. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 Typically, the services did so by losing money hand over fist, charging a nominal fee or offering months of free service or product to anyone who signed up. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 By the time Thomas Mellon died in 1908, his children were making money hand over fist, and their political power would soon match their wealth. Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, 15 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hand over fist was in 1830

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“Hand over fist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20over%20fist. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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