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 terrorists must be rubbing their hands with glee to see how our country is now divided.
CROOKS will be rubbing their hands with glee as this Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition erases the thin blue line.
Owners of greasy spoons everywhere will be rubbing their hands with glee.
Managers of these must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect.
How our rivals for the title must be rubbing their hands with glee at the almighty mess the city council has made of things since then, as shown by the Fourth Grace fiasco.
While machine builders such as Metso Paper, Voith Paper, and ECH Will might be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect, Lemmer cautions that it might not be quite the massive business bonanza it first appears.
No doubt the greedy fuel companies will be rubbing their hands with glee.
Considering we have a pounds 12million parachute payment as well, the board must be rubbing their hands with glee.
The accident compensation solicitors must be rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of a sharp upturn in their business.
GORDON Brown and his cronies must be rubbing their hands with glee.
They must be rubbing their hands with glee at the pounds 3million Wigan will pay them, even though it means we will lose the best manager we've had since Freddie Goodwin and relegation.
I'm sure Crossmaglen people were at the match, and they'll hardly be rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of facing them.
CHILDREN'S authors will be rubbing their hands with glee and pricing up yachts as the daytime couple launch their latest literary mission to prise kids away from their computer games and DVDs and into a book.
THE BNP must be rubbing their hands with glee now that a Labour MP has jumped on their bandwagon.
And the BBC must be rubbing their hands with glee knowing that the viewing figures for the next series of Have I Got News For You will go through the roof when viewers will switch on to see Deayton being taunted by his co-stars Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.