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hand over fist

At a brisk pace or rate. This doll is so popular that the manufacturer is making money hand over fist.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hand over fist

Fig. [for money and merchandise to be exchanged] very rapidly. What a busy day. We took in money hand over fist. They were buying things hand over fist.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hand over fist

Rapidly, at a tremendous rate, as in He's making money hand over fist. This expression is derived from the nautical hand over hand, describing how a sailor climbed a rope. [First half of 1800s]
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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 over fist

If you are making or losing money hand over fist, you are making or losing a lot of money very quickly. AAC's speciality channels were making money hand over fist. The companies had no skills and almost all were losing money hand over fist. Note: This expression comes from the image of a sailor moving his hands steadily one over the other while pulling in a rope or raising a sail.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

hand over fist

mod. repeatedly and energetically, especially as with taking in money in a great volume. We were taking in fees hand over fist, and the people were lined up for blocks.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

hand over fist

At a tremendous rate: made money hand over fist.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hand over fist

Moving quickly. This term comes from sailing and began life as hand over hand, which is how sailors climbed a rope. In nineteenth-century America it was changed to hand over fist and was transferred to any enterprise in which rapid, easy progress is being made. Thus Seba Smith wrote, “They clawed the money off of his table hand over fist” (Major Downing, 1833).
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

hand over fist

Continuously. A sailor hauls in lines (“ropes” to you, landlubbers) not by jerky interrupted pulls, but in a smooth hand-over-hand motion. That's the image applied to people who make money hand over fist, which is how the phrase is most always used.
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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