make a poor fist of

Definition of make a poor fist of

British, informal

  1. :  to do (something) badly He made a poor fist of explaining his reasons.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

    :  brand

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

  1. :  lacking material possessions

    :  of, relating to, or characterized by poverty

    :  less than adequate :  meager

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

    :  the hand closed as in grasping :  clutch

    :  index

  1. :  to grip with the fist :  handle

    :  to clench into a fist

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to criticize severely

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