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 ?
"Would that I could see its walls crumble to dust!" thought the chief justice; and, in the bitterness of his heart, he shook his fist at the famous hall.
He shook his fist at me; after which it obviously became my duty, as a member of a gentlemanly and peaceful profession, to leave the room.
I defy it," and he shook his fist in the ugly face of an Indian idol that happened to be before him, as if that particularly hideous god had some spite against his own little goddess.
The sick man raged and shook his fist. He seemed to be cursing people who had wronged him.
As his eyes sought the authors of the frightful sound he saw standing upon the shore, glaring at him with hate-filled eyes, a devil-faced panther surrounded by the hideous apes of Akut, and in the forefront of them a giant black warrior who shook his fist at him, threatening him with terrible death.
Sir Francis shook his fists, Passepartout was beside himself, and the guide gnashed his teeth with rage.
I have thought it over, and it will be carried out- we must part; so find some place for yourself...." But he could not restrain himself and with the virulence of which only one who loves is capable, evidently suffering himself, he shook his fists at her and screamed:
Scott was cheered by the Gwangju crowd when he refused to shake his hand and then ignored Sun when the Asian No.1 angrily shook his fist.
The man driving the car came alongside my friend's vehicle, shook his fist in anger, and sped off.
Cops were called when the fiery Argentinian shook his fist and seemed to be held back by four bodyguards.
He shook his fist at the sky and called God a bitter name.
And as Laws shook his fist and mouthed threats his Mercedes hit Miss Parks' vehicle, sending it careering into the central reservation, onto its roof and down an embankment.
He shook his fist at his McLaren team-mate from the kerb before punching a marshall.
little girl no dogs allowed "You must understand there is no space" I pushed Toby out, tears streaming down my face Then we hurried to a basement in town Liverpool the target as Luftwaffe's bombs rained down We slept two nights on the cold hard ground And thanked our God for the all clear sound As we stumbled home through our smouldering city The sights filled our eyes with pity Then we saw an old man who worked on the ferry He shouted at the sky, shook his fist at Gerry "Just listen and be very sure You evil Nazis will lose this war" The citizens of Liverpool learned to cope Throughout the awful Blitz never lost hope Homes gone!
A befuddled Jon Stewart shook his fist at it in anger.