The phrase HAND OVER FIST could be interepreted as an instruction to place the word HAND over the word Fist. When the letters of HAND and FIST are assigned their aphabetical values (a=1, b=2 etc.) HAND (8+1+14+4) = 27 and FIST (6+9+19+20) = 54. So HAND over Fist = 27/54 which can be reduced to 1/2. Hence, HAND OVER FIST ia a fractional phrase equal to one half.
Word Ways: Vol. 44
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol44/iss4/15