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- adv. by passing the hands alternately one before or above the other
- adv. rapidly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. by passing the hands alternately one before or above another; as, to climb hand over hand; also, rapidly; as, to come up with a chase hand over hand.
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I thought wildly of such things as coming hand over hand down a rope from the roof to the window of Room 27 or the closed-up room next to it.
This they undertook to do, by main strength and sweat, running hand over hand the float-line of a net.
Against the spectacular backdrop of the mighty Hanging Gardens, the tiny figure of Jack West Jr., swinging hand over hand across the rungs in the ceiling of the supercavern looked positively microscopic.
Then he pulled the axe up hand over hand and fed the wooden haft into the chimney, with Costas preventing him from sliding back.
Jack did as he was instructed, laboriously extracting the wooden haft of the axe hand over hand from where he had slid it behind his cylinder straps.
Ropes offered lifelines; we hastened hand over hand to join them, Caroline first.