fist bump


Definition of fist bump

: a gesture in which two people bump their fists together (as in greeting or celebration)

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fist-bump \ ˈfist-​ˌbəmp How to pronounce fist-bump (audio) \ verb

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Staff aren’t allowed to touch them, except for fist bumps. Garance Burke, The Seattle Times, "AP Investigation: Migrant kids held in mass shelters," 19 Dec. 2018 Republican Ron DeSantis, left, and Mr. Gillum fist bump after a debate at Broward College this week in Davie, Fla. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Florida Senate Seat Becomes Year’s Most Expensive Race," 26 Oct. 2018 After another minute or so of dialogue, their summit ended with what could only be assumed as a friendly mutual fist bump. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Torey Lovullo and Yadier Molina meet to clear the air, but Cardinals get the last word," 2 July 2018 Michael Lorenzen tapped Peraza on the back after his dugout celebrations to offer a fist bump. Bobby Nightengale,, "More comfortable at the plate, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Jose Peraza showing his potential," 2 July 2018 Every child was promised an individual moment with Pete, including greetings such as an exchange of high-fives, fist bumps and hugs. Gianna Annunzio,, "Pete the Cat a big hit with kids at Eisenhower library," 25 June 2018 The duo perform a series of hand slaps, finger clicks and fist bumps before doing what looks like juggling without any balls, rounding it off with some sort of elbow pump., "6 of the Coolest Handshakes Between Teammates," 22 June 2018 Can a high five or fist bump really create—or even stand in for—camaraderie, in all its complexity? Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018 Someone else leaned down for a fist bump and offered him a bourbon. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Lizard Lover" by Christine Vines," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of fist bump

1996, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fist bump was in 1996

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