clenched fist


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clenched fist a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting)
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  • Indira Gandhi
    Indira Gandhi
    “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.”


In literature:

Then she saw his face grow black with rage, and, clenching his great fists, he turned away.
"The Eyes of the World" by Harold Bell Wright
Angrily the Duke struck a clenched fist upon the table.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Mr. Stobell, clenching a fist the size of a leg of mutton, pushed his chair back and prepared to rise.
"Dialstone Lane, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
A very energetic will is expressed by the clenched fist.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
Bauer struck the defenceless Keith square in the face with his clenched fist, and Keith burst into tears.
"The Soul of a Child" by Edwin Bjorkman
Then he slowly raised his right hand with fist clenched, as though about to deal a blow.
"Friday, the Thirteenth" by Thomas W. Lawson
After a moment the clenched fist that had risen above Neil's head dropped to his side.
"The Courage of Captain Plum" by James Oliver Curwood
Then Franka struck his clenched fist on the table in anger, and went over to Preston, just as the dancers had stopped.
"By Rock and Pool on an Austral Shore, and Other Stories" by Louis Becke
His big fist clenched and lifted.
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
TIM stooped down, and with clenched fist smote KEAY between the shoulder-blades.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., Dec. 20, 1890" by Various

In poetry:

THE single clenched fist lifted and ready,
Or the open asking hand held out and waiting.
For we meet by one or the other.
"Choose" by Carl Sandburg
Too pretty, dreamlike mimicry!
O falling fire and piercing cry
and panic, and a weak mailed fist
clenched ignorant against the sky!
"For the Union Dead" by Robert Lowell
And fast amid her fluttering hair,
With clenched fist he gripes,
And seized a leathern thong, and lash'd
Her side with sounding stripes.
"Specimen Of The Former Translation Of The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
I lie with my body knotted into a fist
clenching against itself,
arms doubled against my ribs,
knees crooking into a gnarl,
legs, side by side, martialled.
"Insomniac’s Prayer" by Vassar Miller
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
Of lusty men-at-arms and eager boys,
Who jesting with them watch with sparkling eye,
Clenched fist and head erect with manly poise,
The scene of hearty joviality.
"The Crumbling Mound" by R S Ward

In news:

"Argo" Review: 'Fists Will Be Clenched Hearts Will Palpitate'.
Deeds vs Iran's Clenched Fist.
Clenched Fists, Helping Hand.
Deeds vs Iran's Clenched Fist .
YOU know how steam wafts above the heads of really furious cartoon characters, usually as they clench their fists and hop around and fume.
The average adult heart is about the size of a clenched fist and weighs about more.
In the center of the fracas, Ashley Trisler tackles another shopper and wrestles an exquisitely beaded gown from her clenched fist.
But America has been overrun by foul-mouthed, fist-clenching wildebeests.
Roger Federer, from Switzerland, clenches his fist after winning a game against Novak Djokovic, from Serbia, during the men's final at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament on Sunday, Aug 19, 2012, in Mason, Ohio.
Like the late author Alex Haley said in Roots, those who face the world with clenched fists typically suffer far worse harm than they inflict on others because they sever their ability not only to give, but to receive.
The Akron Beacon Journal says to maintain proper form he super glued his hand into a clenched fist.
"Argo" Review: 'Fists Will Be Clenched… Hearts Will Palpitate.
Knuckle push-ups are exactly what they sound like -- push-ups done on fist-clenched knuckles .
It's a notion that has come to define his band, the Offspring , and the career they've made, mixing fist-clenching angst with palatable pop punk.
Try the motion with your relaxed wrist and then try it with a clenched fist and your fingers leading your wrist.