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  • adv. Quickly or in great quantity, especially in reference to earning money.

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  • n. rapidly; hand over hand.
  • n.

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  • adv. at a tremendous rate

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  • Quickly and continuously. May have nautical origins; the earliest known reference to the phrase refers to pulling on a rope but doesn't explicitly mention ships. In any event, the allusion is to the action of hauling on a rope. An earlier version was "hand over hand," which dates to the mid-18th century.

    December 11, 2007