be rubbing (one's) hands (with glee)

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be rubbing (one's) hands (with glee)

To be very enthusiastic or happy about something, typically someone else's misfortune. The CEO was practically rubbing his hands with glee when he heard that our rival company had gone bankrupt.
See also: hand, rubbing

be rubbing your hands

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be rubbing your hands together

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If someone is rubbing their hands or rubbing their hands together, they are very pleased or excited about something. The four remaining firms will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of new clients and fat fees. The folks at the record company must have been rubbing their hands together when they heard this band. Note: This expression is often used to imply that someone is being greedy or is unpleasantly pleased about someone else's failure.
See also: hand, rubbing

be rubbing your hands with glee

If someone is rubbing their hands with glee, they are very pleased about something, often something that is bad for someone else. Already the newspapers were rubbing their hands with glee and calling the place "Dr. Terry's House of Horrors". The party leaders are rubbing their hands with glee at Mr Galloway's troubles.
See also: glee, hand, rubbing
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The only way he knows how to fight is dirty, and I daresay he will be rubbing his hands with glee at my announcement today," she said of Mr Davies.
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How he must be rubbing his hands with glee this weekend.
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FUNNYMAN Frank Skinner must be rubbing his hands with glee, or something like that anyway, to be breaking Britney Spears' UK chat-show virginity.
He, by now, must be rubbing his hands with glee - having been paid for a job he hasn't even started yet