Definition of fist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//fɪst//
Hands and nails
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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 trembling. He got into a fist fight in the bar. He banged a heavy fist on the table. see also ham-fisted, tight-fisted See related entries: Hands and nails
  • Word OriginOld English fȳst, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vuist and German Faust.Extra examples A fist slammed on the table in front of her. Cailean was tired of using his fists to get everything he wanted. Diago pounded an angry fist against the wall. He banged his fist loudly on the table. He closed his fingers to form a fist. He felt Michelle’s fist connect with his jaw. He punched his fist in the air. He swung his fists wildly at his attacker’s head. He thrust his fist forward and smashed her face. He was punching the man with his bare fists. His fist landed forcefully against Mike’s jaw. I managed to duck his flying fists. She drew back her fist and threw a punch at his nose. She raised her fist in a gesture of defiance. She ran at him, her fists flying. She saw Joe’s fists clench. She was holding a hammer in her fist. The man was shaking his fist at us through the window.Idioms
    an iron fist/hand (in a velvet glove)
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    if you use the words an iron fist/hand when describing the way that somebody behaves, you mean that they treat people severely. This treatment may be hidden behind a kind appearance (the velvet glove). They promised that the army would strike with an iron fist at any resistance. The iron hand in the velvet glove approach seems to work best with this age group.
    make a better, good, poor, etc. fist of something
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    (British English, old-fashioned, informal) to make a good, bad, etc. attempt to do something
    make/lose money hand over fist
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    to make/lose money very fast and in large quantities
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fist