Hand over fist


Hand over fist
Fist Fist (f[i^]st), n. [OE. fist, fust, AS. f[=y]st; akin to D. vuist, OHG. f[=u]st, G. faust, and prob. to L. pugnus, Gr. pygmh` fist, py`x with the fist. Cf. {Pugnacious}, {Pigmy}.] 1. The hand with the fingers doubled into the palm; the closed hand, especially as clinched tightly for the purpose of striking a blow. [1913 Webster]

Who grasp the earth and heaven with my fist. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

2. The talons of a bird of prey. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

More light than culver in the falcon's fist. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. (print.) the index mark [[hand]], used to direct special attention to the passage which follows. [1913 Webster]

{Hand over fist} (Naut.), rapidly; hand over hand. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.