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rub (one's) hands

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

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.
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rub your hands

show keen satisfaction or expectation.
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rub (one's) hands

To experience or display pleased anticipation, self-satisfaction, or glee.
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It starts with rinsing and soaping hands followed by rubbing hands together and washing all surfaces--wrists, palms, back of hands and fingers --for about 20 seconds, generating friction on all surfaces.
Hand Hygiene Terminology (1,8) Hand Hygiene is performed by: * Hand washing -- Washing hands with plain soap and water * Antiseptic hand wash -- Washing hands with water and soap or other detergents containing an antiseptic agent * Alcohol-based hand rub -- Rubbing hands with an alcohol-containing preparation * Surgical hand hygiene/antisepsis -- Hand washing or using an alcohol-based hand rub before operations by surgical personnel Modified from: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2003; 52 (RR-17): 1-68 and MMWR 2002; 51 (RR-16): 1-46.
It cuts across to the family and sees them rubbing hands with glee and looking across at the bidder as if I were some idiot.
Rubbing hands under running water for 15 seconds will wash off most of the important germs.
The word humility conjures up images of bowing and scraping, of rubbing hands together in an obsequious manner.
5 mL test product followed by vigorously rubbing hands together for 15 s.