rub (one's) hands

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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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References in classic literature ?
When the Barmecide had done rubbing his hands, he raised his voice, and cried, "Set food before us at once, we are very hungry." No food was brought, but the Barmecide pretended to help himself from a dish, and carry a morsel to his mouth, saying as he did so, "Eat, my friend, eat, I entreat.
Rubbing his hands together happily, he mumbled half to himself:
"Speak English--yes," said the old man slowly rubbing his hands.
Nioche turned to the confiding foreigner again, and stood rubbing his hands, with an air of seeming to plead guilty which was not intenser only because it was habitually so striking.
She did not understand why he stepped out from the window to the veranda and smiled under his mustache and winked so joyfully, when warm steady rain began to fall on the dry and thirsty shoots of the young oats, or why when the wind carried away a threatening cloud during the hay harvest he would return from the barn, flushed, sunburned, and perspiring, with a smell of wormwood and gentian in his hair and, gleefully rubbing his hands, would say: "Well, one more day and my grain and the peasants' will all be under cover."
'Indeed, sir?' said Mr Rugg, rubbing his hands with a cheerful air.
'Shall I accompany you, Mr Clennam?' asked Mr Rugg politely, rubbing his hands.
He then went back to his own home, rubbing his hands with the confidence of a workman who has done a good day's work.
'Tut, tut,' returned the locksmith, rubbing his hands and warming them.
Whenever the sound reached his ears, he would immediately lay down his pen and fall to rubbing his hands and exhibiting the greatest glee.
Peggotty, sitting down beside us, and rubbing his hands in his sense of relief from recent trouble, and in the genuine heartiness of his nature; 'there's not a woman in the wureld, sir - as I tell her - that need to feel more easy in her mind than her!
Peggotty, standing with his legs pretty wide apart, and rubbing his hands up and down them in his comfortable satisfaction, as he looked alternately at us and at the fire.
"And now you'll have a million roubles, at least--goodness gracious me!" exclaimed the clerk, rubbing his hands.
we'll make Nastasia Philipovna sing another song now!" giggled Lebedeff, rubbing his hands with glee.
But rather than feel concerned ahead of what, on paper, looks to be a tough trip to Teesside, former striker Blake, now a columnist for WalesOnline, says Warnock will be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of seeing his side bounce back to form.