fist pump


: a celebratory gesture (as by a sports player) in which the fist is raised in front of the body and then quickly and vigorously drawn back

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So when Brady’s final spike clinched Chaminade’s Division II state final win against Fresno Clovis North, Suarez gave one final two-handed fist pump — then crumpled to the floor as his assistants dropped to hug him. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 The golf legend was seen on in the stands giving his famous fist pump as her win was announced. Brandon Griggs, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 After every station, Henning-Schulke celebrated each successful hand-off with an emphatic fist pump. Taylor Dutch, SELF, 24 Oct. 2022 Still, when an 11-completion, 174-yard performance without a touchdown pass registers as a step forward worthy of a fist pump, the problems remain sizable. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 The game was tied at 1, and Odor let out a fist pump and a yell toward his dugout. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 25 Sep. 2022 Saric reacted with the fist pump after perhaps his best pass in EuroBasket. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2022 Two holes later, his chip from just off the green rolled into the hole, prompting Grace to lift his wedge into the air with his left hand and then fist pump with his right. Mitchell Forde For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 2 July 2022 Mom's hand flies forward to accompany her woohoo in what can only be described as a questionable fist pump. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fist pump was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“Fist pump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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