(rare) A fistfight.
*1852 , Eli Bowen et al., The Pictorial Sketch-book of Pennsylvania ,
*:Every fifteen or twenty minutes there was a rush to some part, to witness a fisticuff .
(obsolete) A cuff or blow administered with the fist.
(chiefly, humorous) To engage in a physical fight.
(obsolete) To strike, fight or spar with the fists.
*1846 , Making of America Project, The American Whig Review ,
*:Do they fisticuff with thunder-snaggs
*Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
*Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary , 1987-1996.
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.