Hard-fisted

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hard-fisted Close-fisted; covetous; niggardly.
    • Hard-fisted Having hard or strong hands; as, a hard-fisted laborer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Hard-fisted having hard or strong fists or hands: close-fisted: niggardly
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Quotations

  • Hubert H. Humphrey
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    “Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heard; Dut. hard, Ger. hart, Goth. hardus; allied to Gr. kratys, strong.

Usage

In literature:

He shook his head, smiling derisively at her, while her strong little fingers did their best to pluck open his hard little fist.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
A plain, hard-fisted farmer liked him and showed a preference for his society; the thing was unbelievable.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
He felt something hard and metallic under it, and in a new grasp included that in his fist.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
Dick's face began to show red spots from the hard impacts of Alvord's tough little fists.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
His grip was like a vice; his fist hard as iron.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
Johnny closed on him like a tiger beating him with both fists as hard as he could hit.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
She struck him in the face with her clenched fist driven by muscles as hard as an athlete's.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
He struck his right fist hard against the palm of his left hand.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I've a hard fist for them I don't like!
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
A fist it was assuredly, and a hard one; but it smote no pillow.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
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In poetry:

Corn from shoot and oak from acorn
Miracles of life awake,
Harvest from a fist of seedlings--
Is a child so hard to make?
"Childless" by Anonymous Irish
The Cockney Canuck from Toronto,
Whom Maple leaves hardly stick on to,
Made haste to enlist,
To fight the mailed fist,
When Canadian born didn't want to.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
Away, clenched fist and bosom's angry swell,
That knave and fool at every turn abound.
Away, hard unforgivingness! Farewell,
Oblivion in a hated brewage found!
"Since Shade Relents" by Paul Verlaine
When it's dawn just throw some sort of cloth over me
because I know dawn will toss fistfuls of ants at me,
and pour a little hard water over my shoes
so that the scorpion claws of the dawn will slip off.
"Gacela Of The Dark Death" by Federico Garcia Lorca

In news:

Whether it's through drinking too hard or driving too fast, or picking fights with fists or pistols, men as a rule are said to engage in more self-destructive behaviors than women.
It's amateur night in Jersey as a group of hard-luck construction workers battle "the man" in the ham-fisted, recession-era drama "Blue Collar Boys.
If you were a kid in the early '90s, you surely remember the commercial for the Milton Bradley board game Crossfire, which combined 'Beyond Thunderdome'-like visuals with a hard-charging, fist-pumping, arena-anthem of a theme song.
The object of play--the puck--is a fistful of rock-hard rubber.
He starts the fist song pencil chips fly everywhere as he plays hard and furious tapping the metal sides of the desk, slamming his plastic Rolling stones lunch box and before he can crash into the Aerosmith thermos, it's over.
It may be hard to knock someone out with a closed fist but try slapping someone unconscious.
Hours after Junior Seau was buried in his hometown, thousands of fans got their chance to cheer one more time for the hard-hitting, fist-pumping linebacker at the stadium where he starred for 13 seasons.
If you were a kid in the early '90s, you surely remember the commercial for the Milton Bradley board game Crossfire, which combined 'Beyond Thunderdome'-like visuals with a hard-charging, fist-pumping, arena-anthem of a theme song .
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