make a poor fist of

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a poor fist of

British, informal
: to do (something) badly
  • He made a poor fist of explaining his reasons.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

poor play
  1. : lacking material possessions

  2. : of, relating to, or characterized by poverty

  3. : less than adequate : meager

fist play
  1. : the hand clenched with the fingers doubled into the palm and the thumb doubled inward across the fingers

  2. : the hand closed as in grasping : clutch

  3. : index

  1. : to grip with the fist : handle

  2. : to clench into a fist


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