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

Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backfist was in 1971

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“Backfist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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