back·​fist | \ ˈbak-ˌfist How to pronounce backfist (audio) \
plural backfists

Definition of backfist

: a punch thrown by a fighter with the back of the fist usually at the end of a quick spinning movement The instructor threw a backfist at three-quarter speed, but this time the student wasn't fast enough.— Dr. Thomas J. Nardi, MA Training, July 1995 The 39-year-old Le set the tone early …, landing a spinning backfist early in the first round that put Silva down.Associated Press, 20 Nov. 2011

First Known Use of backfist

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for backfist

back entry 1 + fist entry 1

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“Backfist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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