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 ?
Two young soldiers and several peasants shouted things iup to him and shook fists at him and began to run in pursuit as he disappeared over the wall into the town.
Three helicopters continuously hovered over the area as protesters jeered and shook fists at the aircraft.
I've never been so scared about the state of my country as when I was standing in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena during the Republican National Convention while hundreds of delegates shook fists and chanted "Lock her up!"
In a packed hall in central Kabul, 300 tribal elders shook fists and delivered emotional speeches as they urged Abdullah to take action against what they described as widespread electoral violations.Aa
People swore and shook fists at him, But the cab still wouldn't stop That a dead man drove, clip-clop.