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The original expression, dating from at least 1736, was hand over hand, a nautical term with the literal meaning of advancing the hands alternatively, as when climbing up or down a rope or when raising or hauling in a sail.Still in nautical use, the phrase acquired the figurative sense of advancing continuously, as one ship gaining rapidly on another.It is in this sense that hand over fist was first used, about 1825, according to OED citations.The figurative use of hand over fist, the only form of this expression current today, dates from the 19th century.hellbent See a bat out of hell Very rapidly, swiftly, speedily. A plausible conjecture is that bats, because of their aversion to light, would beat a hasty retreat from the illuminating flames of the infernal regions.It is commonly believed that pollen-carrying bees return to the hive speedily and directly; hence beeline meaning ‘the most direct route.’ The term is believed to be originally American; it appeared in 1848 in The Biglow Papers by James Russell Lowell.quick as a wink Very quickly, in no time at all; in the twinkling of an eye.
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The phrase is of American a house afire Quickly, rapidly, like greased lightning; vigorously, enthusiastically, hammer and tongs.
This expression refers to the swiftness with which a fire can consume a house, particularly one built of wood or other flammable a beeline To proceed directly and with dispatch; to hasten, hurry; to rush, race, or make a mad dash toward.