From (etyl) fisten, fiesten, from (etyl) .
The act of breaking wind; fise.
From (etyl) fist, from (etyl) 'five'. More at five.
hand with the fingers clenched or curled inward
(printing) the pointing hand symbol
(ham radio) the characteristic signaling rhythm of an individual telegraph or CW operator when sending Morse code
(slang) a person's characteristic handwriting
A group of men.
The talons of a bird of prey.
- The boxer's fists rained down on his opponent in the last round.
(informal) An attempt at something.
* 2005 , Darryl N. Davis, Visions of Mind: Architectures for Cognition and Affect (page 144)
- More light than culver in the falcon's fist .
- With the rise of cognitive neuroscience, the time may be coming when we can make a reasonable fist of mapping down from an understanding of the functional architecture of the mind to the structural architecture of the brain.
* bunch of fives
* iron fist
* hand over fist
* rule with an iron fist
To strike with the fist.
To close (the hand) into a fist.
* 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 29:
- ...may not score a point with his open hand(s), but may score a point by fisting the ball.'' Damian Cullen. "Running the rule." ''The Irish Times 18 Aug 2003, pg. 52.
To grip with a fist.
* 1851 ,
- He noticed Ada's trick of hiding her fingernails by fisting her hand or stretching it with the palm turned upward when helping herself to a biscuit.
(slang) To fist-fuck.
- I am an officer; but, how I wish I could fist a bit of old-fashioned beef in the fore-castle, as I used to when I was before the mast.
From (etyl) cuffe, .
(obsolete) glove; mitten.
The end of a shirt sleeve that covers the wrist.
The end of a pants leg, folded up.
To furnish with cuffs.
1520, “to hit”, apparently of (etyl) origin, from (etyl) . More at (l), (l), (l).
To hit, as a reproach, particularly with the open palm to the head; to slap.
- I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
To fight; to scuffle; to box.
- They with their quills did all the hurt they could, / And cuffed the tender chickens from their food.
- While the peers cuff to make the rabble sport.
- cuffed by the gale
A blow, especially with the open hand; a box; a slap.
- Snatcheth his sword, and fiercely to him flies; / Who well it wards, and quitten cuff with cuff.
- Many a bitter kick and cuff .