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rub (one's) hands (together)

To be in keen or greedy anticipation (of something). The announcement has many shareholders rubbing their hands together 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.
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rub (one's) hands

To experience or display pleased anticipation, self-satisfaction, or glee.
See also: hand, rub
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.
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** When washing hands with soap and water, wet hands first with water, apply an amount of product recommended by the manufacturer to hands, and rub hands together vigorously for at least 15 seconds, covering all surfaces of the hands and fingers.
Rub hands together vigorously to make a lather, and scrub all surfaces.
n After peeling onions, rub hands with celery to remove the onion smell.
* Apply soap (liquid, bar or powder) and rub hands together briskly for at least 15 seconds, lathering all surfaces of hands and fingers.
There are so many plants to see and ideas to inspire us, and you can rub hands and shoulders with the stars and celebrities of the gardening world.
Rub hands briskly together for at least 20 seconds.