Hand over fist

What does "Hand over fist" mean?

Today it means: Do something very quickly

The term comes the way sailors pull on the ropes (sheets and haulyards). When pulling on a haulyard to raise a sail, first you pull down with one hand by gripping the rope (making a fist) and then place the other hand above that (hand over fist) and repeating the process.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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