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 Hand of Justice.Hand the Sail, 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hand over Hand.
To go or to come up hand over hand, is to travel with great rapidity, as climbing a rope or a ladder, or as one vessel overtakes another. Sailors in hauling a rope put one hand over the other alternately as fast as they can. In French, “Main sur main.   1
        “Commandment fait aux matelots qui halent sur une manœuvre pour qu’ils passent alternativement une main sur l’autre sans interruption, et pour que le travail se fasse plus promptement.”—Royal Dictionnaire.

 Hand of Justice.Hand the Sail, 


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