• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fast-handed Close-handed; close-fisted; covetous; avaricious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Left-handed people are better at sports that require good spatial judgment and fast reaction, compared to right-handed individuals
    • fast-handed Close-handed; covetous; close-fisted; avaricious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fast-handed close-fisted
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fæst; Ger. fest.


In literature:

His hands were then again made fast, but this time his arms embraced the tree behind him.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
She held her mother's hand and talked fast, though plainly she did not feel quite at her ease.
"Jimmy, Lucy, and All" by Sophie May
The knitting lady clicked away very fast, content to leave the management of the Twinklers in more competent hands.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
And I bound here, hard and fast, hand and foot!
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
He set down the candle on a chair near at hand, and tried if the panel was fast in its place.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
It was as if a living hand had reached down to pin him fast in the tunnel-like space.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
I do not know how it was, but I found myself holding Mary fast with both my hands as we stood side by side on the floor.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
Lily lay intently listening, Violet's hand fast clasped in hers.
"Elsie's children" by Martha Finley
The captain clasped the hand lovingly in his, and held it fast.
"Elsie's New Relations" by Martha Finley
On the other hand, the intensity or depth of a color has considerable influence on its fastness.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891" by Various

In poetry:

King Arthur then helde up his hande,
And sware upon his faye,
Then tooke his leave of the grimme barone,
And faste hee rode awaye.
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
Thou art the last rose of the year,
By gusty breezes rudely fanned:
The dying Summer holds thee fast
In the hot hollow of her hand.
"Solace" by Maurice Thompson
'Twas Zion's King that stopped the breath
Of captains and their bands;
The men of might slept fast in death,
And never found their hands.
"Psalm 76" by Isaac Watts
O haughty-souled, come gather all,
Remember and stand fast and raise
Your heart and hands in common praise
And thus to God in heaven call:
"The Dwellers In Clay" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Sir Humble struck his hand on the board;
No longer he lists to play:
I tell you, forsooth, that the rosy hue
From his cheek fast faded away.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
I see the Fiend himself take pains
To bind me with the strongest chains;
And, when my hands and feet are fast,
I see my soul to Tophet cast!
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Some of you pop one in your mouth, some of you grab a handful, as if your candy bowl at home needs replenishing and you just pulled a fast one.
Series HCHP calibration hand pump offers fully adjustable stroke control for fast pressure generation to 10,000 psi.
A boxing legend, Oscar de la Hoya has earned fame and fortune by fighting people with his fast hands and furious left hooks.
Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City gets a first-hand look at R.A. Life is moving fast.
In your hand the falafel at Kabob House feel as dense as a neutron star, yet these deep-fried chickpea fritters — the unofficial fast food of the Middle East — are a shockingly light dish.
"It got out of hand fast," coach Mack Brown said.
Darrell Issa insists that Attorney General Eric Holder needs to hand over more documents about the Fast and Furious operation.
It took thousands of years for manufacturing to advance from the ancient Egyptians' primitive, hand-operated lathes to today's lightning-fast computer-controlled production machines.
Fast and Furious operation, which allowed guns from US to 'walk' into hands of Mexican cartels, got sharpest censure yet from Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday.
It can't hurt at this point that Savannah's harbor deepening is one of a handful of infrastructure projects designated "nationally and regionally significant" by the Obama Administration and slated for fast-track completion.
Morgan Spurlock, whose hands were moving almost as fast as his mouth.
Talent to me is more than how fast a guy can run, how high he can jump, how great his hands are, talent is up too.
Keep these family-friendly recipes on hand for fast weeknight meals or casual entertaining.
Once you've been touched by the hand of (the funk) god, you're pretty much fast-tracked along the path to some kind of greatness.
The robot has high-speed vision that can detect human hand shapes and movements, and can make super-fast decisions about what to throw: rock, paper, or scissors.

In science:

On the other hand, a few other very fast rotating pulsars exhibit almost pure nonthermal emission generated, most probably, in pulsar magnetospheres.
Studying Millisecond Pulsars in X-rays
On the other hand, we need to increase the number of observed PNe in X-rays to investigate the statistical properties of the central wind and collimated fast wind in elliptical and bipolar PNe.
Supernova remnants, planetary nebulae and superbubbles: prospects for new XMM-Newton observations
Moreover, the magnetosonic waves are left-hand polarised in the plasma frame, and their compressive fast-magnetosonic character is proved from the in-phase variation of the density and magnetic field fluctuations shown in Figure 13.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
On the other hand, taking these simulations for serious, the deep electron foreshock region should be filled with many cold and not overwhelmingly fast electron beams propagating along the magnetic field upstream.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
On the other hand, single stars spun up and ejected by a binary MBH should be fast rotators (L¨ockmann & Baumgardt 2008).
Hypervelocity Stars and the Galactic Center