Hand over fist
Fist Fist (f[i^]st), n. [OE. fist, fust, AS. f[=y]st; akin to D. vuist, OHG. f[=u]st, G. faust, and prob. to L. pugnus, Gr. pygmh` fist, py`x with the fist. Cf. {Pugnacious}, {Pigmy}.] 1. The hand with the fingers doubled into the palm; the closed hand, especially as clinched tightly for the purpose of striking a blow. [1913 Webster]

Who grasp the earth and heaven with my fist. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

2. The talons of a bird of prey. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

More light than culver in the falcon's fist. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. (print.) the index mark [[hand]], used to direct special attention to the passage which follows. [1913 Webster]

{Hand over fist} (Naut.), rapidly; hand over hand. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hand over fist — {adv. phr.}, {informal} Fast and in large amounts. * /Fred may get a pony for Christmas because his father is making money hand over fist./ * /Business is so bad that the store on the corner is losing money hand over fist./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hand over fist — {adv. phr.}, {informal} Fast and in large amounts. * /Fred may get a pony for Christmas because his father is making money hand over fist./ * /Business is so bad that the store on the corner is losing money hand over fist./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Hand over fist — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hand over fist — adverb at a tremendous rate made money hand over fist * * * adverb : quickly and in large amounts began to make money hand over fist * * * hand over fist With steady and rapid gain • • • Main Entry: ↑hand * * * hand over fist …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hand Over Fist — Infobox Album | Name = Hand Over Fist Type = studio Longtype = (demo) Artist = Reuben (as Angel ) | Released = 2000 Genre = Rock, Metal Label = self released Last album = Betrayed Demo (1999) This album = Hand Over Fist (2000) Next album = Pilot… …   Wikipedia

  • hand\ over\ fist — adv. phr. informal Fast and in large amounts. Fred may get a pony for Christmas because his father is making money hand over fist. Business is so bad that the store on the corner is losing money hand over fist …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hand over fist — if you make or lose money hand over fist, you make or lose large amounts of it very quickly. Business was good and we were making money hand over fist …   New idioms dictionary

  • hand over fist — mod. repeatedly and energetically, especially as with taking in money in a great volume. □ We were taking in fees hand over fist, and the people were lined up for blocks. □ The money came in hand over fist at the BO …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hand over fist — adverb Date: 1825 quickly and in large amounts < making money hand over fist > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hand over fist — adverb Quickly or in great quantity, especially in reference to earning money. He didnt earn much, but the company seemed to rake in money hand over fist …   Wiktionary

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