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fist1

[fist] /fɪst/
noun
1.
the hand closed tightly, with the fingers doubled into the palm.
2.
Informal. the hand.
3.
Informal. a person's handwriting.
4.
Printing. index (def 8).
verb (used with object)
5.
to make (one's hand) into a fist.
6.
to grasp in the fist.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English fȳst; cognate with German Faust fist; perhaps akin to five

fist2

[fahyst] /faɪst/
noun
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for fists

fist

/fɪst/
noun
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.
an informal word for hand, index (sense 9)
verb
4.
(transitive) to hit with the fist
Word Origin
Old English fӯst; related to Old Frisian fest, Old Saxon, Old High German fūst; see five
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Word Origin and History for fists

fist

n.

Old English fyst, from West Germanic *fustiz (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German fust, Old Frisian fest, Middle Dutch vuust, Dutch vuist, German Faust), from Proto-Germanic *fukhstiz, probably ultimately from PIE *penkwe- "five" (cf. Old Church Slavonic pesti, Russian piasti "fist").

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Slang definitions & phrases for fists

fist

noun
  1. The hand used for operating a telegraphic key (1930s+ Telegraphers & radio operators)
  2. A signature (1842+)
Related Terms

make money hand over fist


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