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fist

1

[ fist ]

noun

  1. the hand closed tightly, with the fingers doubled into the palm.
  2. Informal. the hand.
  3. Informal. a person's handwriting.
  4. Printing. index ( def 8 ).


verb (used with object)

  1. to make (one's hand) into a fist.
  2. to grasp in the fist.

fist

2

[ fahyst ]

noun

fist

/ fɪst /

noun

  1. a hand with the fingers clenched into the palm, as for hitting
  2. Also calledfistful the quantity that can be held in a fist or hand
  3. See index, hand
    an informal word for hand index


verb

  1. tr to hit with the fist

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fist1

before 900; Middle English; Old English fȳst; cognate with German Faust fist; perhaps akin to five

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fist1

Old English fӯst ; related to Old Frisian fest , Old Saxon, Old High German fūst ; see five

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Idioms and Phrases

see hand over fist .

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Example Sentences

SROs “say that students stop and chat with them, ask for advice, do a fist bump, talk about sports … so we wanted to make sure we added a definition.”

They twice used a Taser and repeatedly punched the man, who allegedly struck back with his fists and feet and snatched one of their police radios.

He’d installed an arcade machine at the rear and we’d lean over the screen and cuss all week, late to getting home, pumping our fists and sticking coins between the buttons to book the next play.

Alankar believes a haymaker is bunching its fist and could strike at any time.

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The disturbingly wealthy have launched rockets over streets filled with people in cloth masks raising their fists and demanding justice, while SWAT teams dispense surveillance drones and teargas.

The former believed in the role of the state as a provider, while the latter favored an iron fist approach to governance.

Last year he lunged at me with his fist and threatened to kill me again.

Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Black Panther and The Runaways are other projects on the horizon.

He grabbed a fist full of hair in one take, and we were pretty banged up by the end of it.

So, I haul off and belt him, two or three times, with my fist.

He shut his fist and hit Butterface a weak but well intended right-hander on the nose.

Aristide picked it up and began to dance and shake his fist at the invisible police.

She took to staring out across the grounds again, and one hand drew up slowly till it was doubled into a tight-shut little fist.

There was a picture of Madame Lebrun with Robert as a baby, seated in her lap, a round-faced infant with a fist in his mouth.

Once again, the strong, black fist was clinched in the approaching monster's face.

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