People typically use this expression when talking about making lots of money. Example: making money hvà over fist.

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Origin of Hand Over Fist

This expression originated in the 1700s và was originally coined as hvà over hand. It finds its origin in the nautical world, & this is how sailors climbed rope: hand over hand.

In 19th-century America, it changed to hand over fist and the meaning eventually broadened khổng lồ included anything or anyone making steady, continual progress.

Examples of H& Over Fist

In this example, a man uses the expression while talking khổng lồ his friover about his new business enterprise.

Rodrigo: Are you không tính phí tonight? I’d lượt thích to lớn take you out khổng lồ a fancy restaurant!

Alisha: Are you sure? I know that you are trying lớn save money.

Rodrigo: Actually, I don’t have sầu to worry about money anymore. I wanted lớn tell you at dinner, but I guess I’ll just tell you know. I finally opened that new business I’ve wanted khổng lồ start.

Alisha: That’s great! How’s it going so far?

Rodrigo: It’s even more successful than I thought it would be! I’m making money h& over fist.

Alisha: That’s great! Then, sure, you can take me out to eat wherever you want.

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Rodrigo: Let’s go to lớn that really expensive sầu new restaurant. I want lớn enjoy my new wealth!

In the example below, two friends are discussing some barriers to living in the city one of them loves.

Luis: I still really want to lớn move sầu to lớn San Francisteo, but I don’t think I can afford it.

Stephanie: Yeah. It’s one of the most expensive cities in the country. You’d have khổng lồ be pretty rich to afford living there.

Luis: I know. Maybe one day I’ll have sầu a really good job, and I’ll be making money hvà over fist, và I’ll be able to lớn move sầu there.

Stephanie: Hopefully!

More Examples

This excerpt is about football.

This excerpt is from an article about the economy.


The saying hand over fist means rapidly và without stopping. It usually refers lớn earning large amounts of money.


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