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


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  • 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


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  • Diana was once again clutching huge fistfuls of his shirt.
  • A photo of a woman who is smiling broadly and clutching a fistful of dollars adorns the cover.
  • Children love to gather fistfuls of these beautiful little flowers and take them indoors to present them to parents or grandparents.


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

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