Topic: HUMAN

Language: Old English
Origin: fyst


fist [countable]
1HBH 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:
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.
ham-fisted, tight-fisted

; ➔ hand over fist

at hand1 (35)

make a good/bad fist of something

British English informal to make a successful or unsuccessful attempt to do something

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