the hand when it is tightly closed, so that the fingers are curled in towards the palm. People close their hand in a fist when they are angry or are going to hit someone: ➔ ham-fisted, tight-fisted
She held the money tightly in her fist.
Malcolm clenched his fist (=held his fist very tightly closed) angrily.
Dooley stood up and shook his fist in her face.
Varney slammed his fist down onto the table so hard the dishes jumped.
; ➔ hand over fistat hand1 (35)
2 British English informal
to make a successful or unsuccessful attempt to do something