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feist

or fice fist

[fahyst]
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noun
  1. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a small mongrel dog, especially one that is ill-tempered; cur; mutt.
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verb (used without object)
  1. South Midland U.S. to prance or strut about: Look at him feist around in his new clothes.
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Origin of feist

1760–70; compare (from 16th cent.) fisting hound, fisting cur, as contemptuous epithets for any kind of dog (present participle of fist to break wind, late Middle English; compare Old English fisting breaking wind, Middle Low German vīst, German Fist fart); (def 2) perhaps back formation from feisty
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Examples from the Web for fices

Historical Examples

  • You may prefer to 'ave a iron-shod 'eel ground on your fices.

    Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 23, 1914

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Word Origin and History for fices

feist

n.

also fist, "a breaking wind, foul smell, fart," mid-15c. (Old English had present participle fisting), a general West Germanic word; cf. Middle Dutch veest, Dutch vijst (see feisty).

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