rub (one's) hands

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rub (one's) hands

To be in keen or greedy anticipation (of something). The announcement has many shareholders rubbing their hands gleefully, as their investments will likely double almost overnight. We were rubbing our hands at the thought of a rematch against the team that robbed us of a spot in the finals so many years ago.
See also: hand, rub

rub one's hands

Experience or exhibit pleased anticipation or self-satisfaction, as in The owner rubbed his hands as the customer picked out item after item. This metaphoric term alludes to the actual rubbing together of one's hands to express pleasure.
See also: hand, rub

rub your hands

show keen satisfaction or expectation.
See also: hand, rub

rub (one's) hands

To experience or display pleased anticipation, self-satisfaction, or glee.
See also: hand, rub
References in classic literature ?
No slave appeared, but my brother remarked that the Barmecide did not fail to rub his hands as if the water had been poured over them.
While current Wales coach Steve will be rubbing his hands at the prospect of helping lead New Zealand against the Lions next year, his brother recalls being unable to rub his hands at all as a result of a Lions encounter in 1993.
Vic may rub his hands lasciviously up and down his thighs, instead of waggling his glasses, but there's no mistaking the similarities.