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 ?
He mounted another step threateningly as if it were his energetic intention to jump down and deal with her; but as she came toward him he evidently thought better of it and stood on the top step of his ladder shaking his fist down at her.
He stopped shaking his fist very suddenly at that very moment and his jaw actually dropped as he stared over her head at something he saw coming over the grass toward him.
something else, I hope, that'll teach those murderers a lesson," he added, shaking his fist towards the placard.
"Don't you bring me any more of your devilish things!" said he, shaking his fist at Sambo, who retreated hastily towards the door; and, picking up the silver dollar, he sent it smashing through the window-pane, out into the darkness.
The Brit had already collected bronze, shaking his fist in Sun's direction and appearing to say: "I am clean."
On one side of the plow, they painted their school's mascot "Johnny Greenwave" holding a snow shovel and shaking his fist while sitting in the snow.
Mr Secombe closed his half-open mouth and shaking his fist in the direction of the voice yelled: "Aye aye, I'll see you in the playground."
The reigning world champion, who was in second place at the time, was not amused and got quite animated in his car, shaking his fist as the McLaren re-passed because he was in hot pursuit of Fernando Alonso at the time.
We bubbled with fear and excitement as a man appeared at the door, shaking his fist at us and shouting, or rather squeaking.
The video, which cost a million pound to make, shows late Bobby Moore waiting to lead the team on to the field, and Botham, clad in chain mail, shaking his fist and a voice emerges in the background which says: "It's time to join the immortals."
Leaving the comfort of his sofa, Charlie invites three funny and discerning guests to join him in shouting and shaking his fist at the world of TV as they give their take on clips presented for their dissection.
Our astonishing pictures show one idiotic teenager shaking his fist at a 125mph Virgin Voyager train as it hurtles towards him.
William Carter approached the 28-year-old three times on streets in Birmingham, at one stage shaking his fist in her face and slapping her round the back of the head.
Well, I tell you, I've done a lot of work on this, and it was a conspiracy, and Lyndon Johnson was involved," Fetzer cries, shaking his fist.
Fletcher is concerned about Jones, who ran down the pitch screaming at Sarwan in celebration and shaking his fist and was warned by the umpires immediately about his conduct.