Had a fortune in their fists and let it go.
When you have balled up your fingers as you are about to punch someone, this is an example of a fist.
- to make or be a good (or poor, etc.) attempt or effort atA biography that makes a good fist of a complicated life.
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of fist
- Middle English from Old English fȳst penkwe in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition