rub (one's) hands (together)

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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.
See also: hand, rub
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rub one's hands

Experience or exhibit pleased anticipation or self-satisfaction, as in The owner rubbed his hands as the customer picked out item after item. This metaphoric term alludes to the actual rubbing together of one's hands to express pleasure.
See also: hand, rub
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.

rub your hands

show keen satisfaction or expectation.
See also: hand, rub
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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But when fans look at their fixtures for the last two months of the season and rub their hands, I think they are misguided.
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One senior security source said: "The men on the front line are fed up taking casualties just so politicians can rub their hands and produce figures that show that no baton rounds have been fired.
While credit card fat cats rub their hands in glee over huge profits, maybe they'd like to spare a thought for relatives who rub their eyes in grief over the loss of loved ones.
His enemies rub their hands at what they see as the potential embarrassment.