Definition of fist in English:

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Pronunciation: /fɪst/


A person’s hand when the fingers are bent in towards the palm and held there tightly, typically in order to strike a blow or grasp something: she pummelled him furiously with her fists Karr clenched his fists
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  • He clenched his fists tightly, nails digging into his palms.
  • He clenched his fists so tightly that he broke the skin on his palms.
  • He clenched his fists tightly and shook his head slowly from side to side.
clenched hand
informal duke, meat hook, paw, mitt
British informal bunch of fives
Scottish & Northern English  nieve


1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Strike with the fist: he fisted a goal-bound shot over the bar
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  • When a breaking ball fell to the full forward his rasping shot came off the crossbar but he was alert to fist the rebound to the net.
  • When we arrived, the shooters were usually standing around fisting beer cans and comparing their overall performances that season.
  • McConville's kick fell short, but Barry O'Hagan managed to help it on its way, fisting it over the bar.
2 [with object] Clench (the hand or fingers) into a fist: she fisted her hands on her hips
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  • Christopher clenched his jaw and fisted his hands.
  • She clenched her jaw, fisted her hands, and walked confidently, almost defiantly, to the bottom step.
  • Christopher momentarily clenched his jaw, fisting his hands before stepping again toward the main hall.
3 (also fist-fuck) [with object] vulgar slang Penetrate (a person’s anus or vagina) with one’s fist.



make a —— fist of

informal Do something to the specified degree of success: they’re all solid citizens, all capable of making a good fist of being an MP
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  • And I knew I could do things, and I applied for about 60 jobs out of the paper that I thought I would make a good fist of.
  • And the fact that the Irishman is apparently making a decent fist of that is forcing quite a few people in football to reconsider their judgment of the manager, if not of the man.
  • For a man whose first love is cricket, he isn't making a bad fist of professional rugby.

shake one's fist

Gesture angrily with one’s clenched fist: ‘Stupid fool!’ he shouted, shaking his fist
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  • People came out of the polling station, grinning, shaking their fists in victory.
  • I'm sure boys who get sentences come out shaking their fists.
  • To keep things fun your votes will be published for all to shake their fist at.



[in combination]: a bare-fisted combat


Old English fȳst, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vuist and German Faust.

Words that rhyme with fist

assist, cist, coexist, consist, cyst, desist, enlist, exist, gist, grist, hist, insist, list, Liszt, mist, persist, resist, schist, subsist, tryst, twist, whist, wist, wrist

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