Hand in Glove
Frank Pierce
We all know what this expression means - extreme cooperation, closeness, etc. But what could the originator have drawn upon for this analogy? It's certainly not obvious.

And is the preferred term hand AND glove or hand IN glove? I've seen it used with AND. But the lyricist of the music Wuenderbar uses "We're alone and hand in glove..."

Lewis Joplin II
TO BE HAND IN GLOVE - "To be on such terms of intimacy that the relationship is almost that of the glove to the hand. Literary usage dates back to 1678, but in those days and until late in the following century the phrase was 'hand and glove,' a form rarely heard nowadays." From "2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings & Expressions from White Elephants to a Song and Dance" by Charles Earle Funk (Galahad Book, New York, 1993).
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