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hand in glove

In close association or collaboration (with someone or something). Our art and marketing departments always work hand in glove to make sure all the campaigns are consistently designed. It turns out that the doctor and the pharmaceutical company have been hand in glove for years, conspiring together to push expensive medications on patients regardless of their actual need.
See also: glove, hand
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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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
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hand-in-glove

mod. suiting one another naturally. These two go hand-in-glove.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

hand in glove

On very intimate terms; allies. This metaphor for a close fit (as glove fits hand) was already a proverb in John Ray’s 1678 collection, although it originally was put as hand and glove. “Connected as the hand and glove is, madam, poetry and love,” wrote David Lloyd (Epistle to a Friend, ca. 1792).
See also: glove, hand
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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