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Definition of fist noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • a hand when it is tightly closed with the fingers bent into the palm He punched me with his fist. She clenched her fists to stop herself from trembling. He got into a fist fight in the bar. He banged a heavy fist on the table. see also ham-fisted, tight-fisted
  • Idioms
    an iron fist/hand
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    if you use the words an iron fist/hand when describing the way that someone behaves, you mean that they treat people severely They promised that the army would strike with an iron fist at any resistance. The iron hand approach seems to work best with this age group.
    make/lose money hand over fist
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    to make/lose money very fast and in large quantities
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