fistful

Definitions

  • The king, standing next to an overturned chair, waves his fist
    The king, standing next to an overturned chair, waves his fist
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fistful the quantity that can be held in the hand
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Goliath beetle is about the size of your fist and can weigh as much as 3-4 ounces
    • n fistful A handful.
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Quotations

  • Indira Gandhi
    Indira Gandhi
    “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
  • David Seabury
    David%20Seabury
    “Courage and conviction are powerful weapons against an enemy who depends only on fists or guns. Animals know when you are afraid; a coward knows when you are not.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    Hubert%20H.%20Humphrey
    “Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.”
  • Bette Davis
    Bette%20Davis
    “My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    Marshall%20Mcluhan
    “Today the tyrant rules not by club or fist, but, disguised as a market researcher, he shepherds his flocks in the ways of utility and comfort.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    George%20Jean%20Nathan
    “No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.”

Idioms

Iron fist - Someone who rules or controls something with an iron fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. An iron fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Mailed fist' is an alternative form.
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Mailed fist - Someone who rules or controls something with a mailed fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. A mailed fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard. 'Iron fist' is an alternative form.
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Make a better fist - If someone makes a better fist of doing something, they do a better job.
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Make money hand over fist - If you make money hand over fist, you make a lot of money without any difficulty.
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Usage

In literature:

I can fight with my fists.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
Flushing darkly, he took a step toward Sam with clenched fists.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
He beat his fists on the top of the box!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
It was clenched fists for Toddles, clenched fists and passionate attack.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
His jaw ached dully from its encounter with Jim Spurling's fist.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
At this Madame Vinet planted her fists on her ample hips.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
The boys kept their wits about them; Getzel his fists.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
He felt his fists strike solid flesh, felt the bones creak and tremble beneath his blow.
"Hellhounds of the Cosmos" by Clifford Donald Simak
A huge Italian was shaking his fist in Buttons's face, and stamping and gesticulating violently.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
The blue eyes, as the old man raised them, were wet; his bronzed fists fiercely interlocked.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
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In poetry:

Ah, you pale at last!
And your face is lifted
Like a white sail to the blast,
And your hands are shifted
Into fists: and, towering thus,
You are simply glorious!
"A Variation" by James Whitcomb Riley
Our actions stopped Him from reacting,
for His fist-tight hand is numbed by sleep,
and the times brought in the age of heroes
during which our dark hearts plundered Him.
"In The Beginning" by Rainer Maria Rilke
A servingman hath pleasure, which passeth time and measure,
When the hawk on his fist doth stand;
His hood, and his verrils brave, and other things, we have,
Which yield joy to a servingman.
"God Speed The Plow, And Bless The Corn-Mow. A Dialogue Between The Husbandman And Servingman" by Anonymous British
I dreamed you were the sea; I dreamed you pounded
With foamy fists, the sad face of the shore. Waking, I lay beneath you,
And the room resounded
With the hoarse fury of the mounting ocean's roar.
"Beach Cabin" by Genevieve Taggard
My heels on the stone ground iron,
My fists on the bolts clashed steel;--
In the hall, the roar of the torrent,
In the turret, the thunder's peal;--
And I found her there in the turret
Alone by her spinning-wheel.
"Elphin" by Madison Julius Cawein
‘E was an ‘ard ol’ case, a tough ol’ terror,
W’en you felt ‘is fist it was like a kick from an ‘orse;
But one thing I’ll tell you, an’ no fatal error:
‘E was a grand seaman as ever set a course.
"Elegy" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

NEW YORK – Two men attacked a Muslim religious leader in a hate-fueled assault in a subway station , with one hurling slurs along with a fist, prosecutors and Muslim advocates said Thursday.
Do you lead with an iron fist.
And Two-Fisted Mario's are all located within a few blocks of each other.
Fist Pumps for "Jersey Shore".
A Yemeni woman shows her fist with flags of Arab countries who took part in the Arab Spring.
Chicago cyclists take to urban roads with a variety of fabricated gear and a fistful of reasons that span the personal and the political, the practical and the philosophical.
But those looking to take on some hardcore Fist -ing should visit Thursday, March 19.
A satirical New Yorker magazine cover cartoon depicting Barack Obama and his wife as flag-burning, fist-bumping radicals drew outrage from the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign as it appeared on newsstands Monday.
Gettting ready for the 09 season Can't wait to hear that fist " GOBBLE" as it breaks the morning silence.
1 Poor Best In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channels, threatening him with her fist if he didn't.
President Obama and senior adviser Pete Rouse bump fists at the White House in April 2009.
Can touchy-feely Mavs fist-bump their way to NBA title.
Victim hit in head with fist.
Murder for a "Fistful of Dollars.".
Crisp, landing, pumped his fist.
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In science:

We fist note that Theorem G only requires that G ' (and therefore G) contain a hamilton circuit.
Obtaining hamilton cicuits in graphs and digraphs
Thus, we can, as a fist approximation, build the hadrons model as the space packet of the harmonics superposition.
Electromagnetic structure of hadrons
Fist sentence which is included into summary will be the highest scored sentence.
USUM: Update Summary Generation System
Also, the support by DST under the FIST programme vide letter No.
A new semiempirical formula for exotic cluster decays of nuclei
Fist of all, the notion of a tableau has to be introduced.
Automated Evaluation of One-Loop Six-Point Processes for the LHC
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