hand over fist


Definition of hand over fist

: quickly and in large amounts making money hand over fist

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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 But Carrier is the top A.C.- and furnace-making company in the nation, getting money hand over fist. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Carrier Factory 'Saved' By Donald Trump to Lay Off 200 More Workers," 11 Jan. 2018 Neither Danny nor Jean is particularly successful, taking solace in anonymous lives, while Matthew is overly ambitious, making money hand over fist as an entertainment lawyer. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Comedy / Film Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories makes music out of humor and pain," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hand over fist

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hand over fist was in 1830

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