1 [fist]
the hand closed tightly, with the fingers doubled into the palm.
Informal. the hand.
Informal. a person's handwriting.
Printing. index ( def 8 ).
verb (used with object)
to make (one's hand) into a fist.
to grasp in the fist.

before 900; Middle English; Old English fȳst; cognate with German Faust fist; perhaps akin to five Unabridged


2 [fahyst]
noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
fist (fɪst)
1.  a hand with the fingers clenched into the palm, as for hitting
2.  Also called: fistful the quantity that can be held in a fist or hand
3.  hand an informal word for index
4.  (tr) to hit with the fist
[Old English fӯst; related to Old Frisian fest, Old Saxon, Old High German fūst; see five]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. fyst, from W.Gmc. *fustiz (cf. O.H.G. fust, O.Fris. fest, M.Du. vuust, Ger. Faust), from P.Gmc. *fukhstiz, probably ultimately from PIE *pengke "five" (cf. O.C.S. pesti, Rus. piasti "fist").
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Idioms & Phrases


see hand over fist.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
He imagined placing a city in the palm of his hand, making his hand into a
  fist, making the city into a happier place.
Attempting to control every aspect of the event with an iron fist will probably
  end up in disaster.
He did not have to rule with an iron fist and threaten everyone with their jobs
  to make them perform.
So the next time you're faced with a choice that takes self-control, clench
  your fist or firm that bicep.
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