hand in glove


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hand in glove

Very closely with someone or something, especially by design. Our art department works hand in glove with our marketing division to make sure all the campaigns are consistently designed. I've worked hand in glove with Gary for years, so at this point we're very familiar with each other's strengths.
See also: glove, hand

hand in glove (with someone)

Fig. very close to someone. John is really hand in glove with Sally. The teacher and the principal work hand in glove.
See also: glove, hand

hand in glove

On intimate terms, in close association, as in The internist is hand in glove with the surgeon, so you'd better get a second opinion. This metaphoric expression for a close fit was already included in John Ray's 1678 collection of proverbs, when it was put hand and glove.
See also: glove, hand

hand in glove

If one person or organization is working hand in glove with another person or organization, they are working very closely together. Many of the city's politicians are hand in glove with smugglers. Employment on the building sites is controlled by more than 40 gangs, who are believed to be hand in glove with the police. Note: You usually use this expression to suggest that the people you are talking about are doing something dishonest or immoral. Note: The original form of the expression was `hand and glove'. It was used to say that there was a strong connection or similarity between two things.
See also: glove, hand

hand in glove

in close collusion or association.
This phrase appeared earlier (in the late 17th century) as hand and glove ; the current form gained ground from the late 18th century.
See also: glove, hand

ˌhand in ˈglove (with somebody)

very closely associated with somebody, usually in something dishonest: The terrorists are working hand in glove with the drug traffickers.They are hand in glove with the secret police.
See also: glove, hand