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.
He would shake his fist at me and say "Hitler vill vin yet
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.
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.
Eric Davis had every right to look skyward, shake his fist at the heavens and yell, ``Why me?