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

Examples of fist pump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Looking back at the five greatest games in the USC-Stanford football rivalry Sept. 8, 2023 What happened Saturday night made the redshirt junior break out in a wide smile and unleash a swinging fist pump. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 If good bogeys exist then this was one of them, and Clark certainly thought so – celebrating a job well done in damage limitation with an emphatic fist pump. Jack Bantock, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 What happened Saturday night made the redshirt junior break out in a wide smile and unleash a swinging fist pump. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023 The clip captured all the proposal highlights, including the moment when Turner — who wore a shimmery white dress for the occasion — said yes and Christie reacted with an excited fist pump. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 4 Sep. 2023 Final: Wausau Newman 52, Royall 42 Sophomore Landon Lipke, a 6-7 reserve, just hit a 3-pointer off a broken play for Royall and did a major fist pump — cool moment for the kid in a state final. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2023 Wellesley coach John Griffith looked her in the eyes, gave her a fist pump, and knew from her aura of confidence that she was locked in on breaking the meet record. Cam Kerry,, 29 May 2023 Cue Djokovic’s fist pump, his pounding the grass, his waves to the crowd. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 14 July 2023 Ninth inning Top: Alton Davis left the mound with a fist pump after a second strikeout of the inning. Michael Casagrande |, al, 3 June 2023

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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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“Fist pump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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