shake (one's) fist at (someone or something)

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shake (one's) fist at (someone or something)

To demonstrate one's anger, frustration, or annoyance toward someone by raising one's fist and shaking it in their direction. Can be used literally or figuratively. The old man sits on his porch shaking his fist at kids who walk on his lawn. There's no point shaking your fist at the universe when things aren't going your way—you just need to pick yourself up and do everything in your power to make things better.
See also: fist, shake

shake your ˈfist (at somebody)

hold up your fist (= your closed hand) at somebody because you are angry or because you want to threaten them: He got out of the car, shaking his fist in anger at the driver in the car behind.
See also: fist, shake
References in classic literature ?
Before she had been quite an hour at rest, a meagre little man, with a red-tipped nose and a face cast in an angry mould, landed from a sampan on the quay of the Foreign Concession, and incontinently turned to shake his fist at her.
CCTV film footage then showed James punch and kick the head of the motionless figure while also crouching alongside the prone man to threateningly shake his fist in the victim's face, explained Mr Tim Sapwell, prosecuting.
Andy might not shake his fist to the Kop like Joey did in the Seventies but the fans have taken him to their hearts in the same manner.
He would shake his fist at me and say "Hitler vill vin yet!" and I would give him a short rundown on how Germany was doing in the war.
"I know his flaws and his deficiencies but he is a leader and as he develops in our dressing room will be able to shake his fist at people and become a leader of the defence.
Viewers watched in astonishment as Richard interrupted the Channel 4 show he hosts with wife Judy to shake his fist at the camera.
The bleary-eyed traveller can only shake his fist as his mobile home is lifted into the air by the hulking machine and then dumped over a hedge.
It was therefore surprising not only that a man managed to escape the police cordon in order to shake his fist at the Russian leader, but also that Mr Khruschev managed to spot him.
"Just because he doesn't roll his sleeves up, shout at the crowd, shake his fists, doesn't mean he's not motivated to be a professional footballer.