fist pump

noun

Definition of 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

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When Isner’s final forehand sailed wide, Anderson could have been excused for doing cartwheels or at the very least multiple fist pumps on the grass. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Wimbledon: After Many, Many Hours, Kevin Anderson Beats John Isner in the Semifinals," 13 July 2018 His celebration was simple but emphatic: a fist pump and a scream toward the nearby River End stands. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Borek Dockal scores first Union goal in 3-2 win over D.C. United," 28 Apr. 2018 Healy waved at a curveball in the dirt, stranding the runners and eliciting McCullers' patented fist pump and yell. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "7th-inning rally sends Astros past Mariners," 7 June 2018 Upon hearing the number, an off screen voice reveals that the striker's score is actually a club record - and the news is met with a celebratory fist pump from Auba. SI.com, "VIDEO: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Breaks Arsenal Club Record on First Day of Pre-Season," 4 July 2018 Cissé would do three (or 3.5, maybe) fist pumps and didn’t break eye contact with the camera even when the fist-pumping stopped. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Senegal coach broke out the World Cup's most meme-worthy celebration," 19 June 2018 The match was marvelous, with stunning shots, tense games and, from Nadal, dozens of his trademark fist pumps and screams. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Kevin Anderson Upsets Roger Federer at Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 Seaman, wearing an American flag tank top and a big smile, offered thumbs up and fist pumps while sitting on the back of a blue Chevrolet Camaro convertible. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Ella Whistler and Jason Seaman lead the Noblesville Fourth of July parade," 4 July 2018 His fist pump, in particular, was ready fodder for the Internet, who happily turned the motion into a GIF that went viral. Cady Lang, Time, "Senegal Coach's Fist-Pumping Celebration Meme Is a Real World Cup Highlight," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of fist pump

1981, in the meaning defined above

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