Edward continues talking about the new student and how quickly the new student is making friends in the class. He is a little frustrated, but he still has to work with the new student. Edward is not going to give up his popularity so easily. He has decided to get to know the new student better and maybe learn something from him.

He made many friends hand over fist.
I want to have a hand in this project.
His co-workers are hand in glove.
I’ll take it in hand.
Don’t throw up your hands.