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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Close-fisted penurious, covetous
    • ***


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clos, shut—L. claudĕre, clausum, to shut.


In literature:

He glanced back into the room just before the door closed and saw Hale's fists clenched on either side of his open Bible.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Bets are made, or a pool is formed, and we stretch out our closed fists together and wait.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Like a clenching fist, the cup closed over one of the straggling tentacles.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The big figure turned quickly, raised his arm, and brought his closed fist down on Jeff's skull.
"The Man the Martians Made" by Frank Belknap Long
Burke's hand, close to his own shoulder, and not eight inches away from Jimmie's leering jowl, closed into a very hard fist.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
Cappen landed on Torbek, who reached up to shove him aside and then closed one huge fist on his tunic.
"The Valor of Cappen Varra" by Poul William Anderson
A close-fisted woman, that's what she was.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
Elias closed his fist, shook it in Ibarra's face and looked at him.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
She held out the string and my fist closed tightly over it.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
Why I'm ashamed of you, Mrs. Nestor, for being so close-fisted!
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
Was it possible that his close-fisted uncle was offering to assist them.
"Mark Mason's Victory" by Horatio Alger
The blind man clung close to me, holding me in one iron fist, and leaning almost more of his weight on me than I could carry.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He flushed as only he could flush, and closed his fists with nervous satisfaction.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
Then David let loose a swinging blow with his closed fist.
"Madge Morton's Trust" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
His hands were swinging, fists closed, in a strange travesty of a fighting man.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
Swanson sprang to close quarters with the giant and his fist thudded home.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
I replied by imitating the gesture, so far as a half-closed fist would permit, and struck him on the side of the head.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
Then he held his clenched iron-gloved fist close before his neighbour's eyes.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
It may be likened to a sleeve sewn up with a closed fist within.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Mama Felix, then, was very close-fisted, and would never lend her daughter any money, except on very good security, namely, on her jewels.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

In poetry:

The sunshine-coloured fists
Beyond his dimpling wrists
Were never closed
For saving or for sparing—-
For only deeds of daring
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
ON a flat road runs the well-train'd runner;
He is lean and sinewy, with muscular legs;
He is thinly clothed—he leans forward as he runs,
With lightly closed fists, and arms partially rais'd.
"The Runner" by Walt Whitman

In news:

South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore pumps his fist in the closing minutes of a 35-7 win over Georgia at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
25 left in the second quarter of the Mavericks' 119-96 victory over Sacramento, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins delivered what replays showed to be a back-hand, closed-fist punch to O.J.
Sylvia Plath wrote that if the novel is an open hand, relaxed and expansive, then poetry is a closed fist that "excludes and stuns".
It may be hard to knock someone out with a closed fist but try slapping someone unconscious.
Now they're facing legal action and closed fists.
He won his fist Tour de France in 1938, despite the Italian Fascists attempts to control his career because of his close affiliation with the Catholic Church.