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.
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.
The comedian shook his fist at the Irish presenter when he brought up Brand's divorce from pop queen Katy Perry.
He shook his fist at the sky and called God a bitter name.
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.
Madeley shook his fist at the camera during Tuesday's Richard and Judy show and said: "To the person who stole my daughter's mobile phone, I would like to say this."
Madeley shook his fist at the camera during yesterday's Richard and Judy show and said: 'To the person who stole my daughter's mobile phone, I would like to say this.'
Madeley shook his fist at the camera during yesterday's Channel 4 Richard and Judy show.
Madeley shook his fist at the camera during yesterday's Richard and Judy show and said: "To the person who stole my daughter's mobile phone, I would like to say this" before shaking his fist and the camera.
One motorist arriving at the millennium fountain roundabout discovered a Road Closed sign at the entrance to Newtown Road, wound down his window and shook his fist at the sign before going back the way he came.
At one point during the siege Burke's twin Kieran, who had been drinking, shook his fist at the house and shouted: "What the f**k is wrong with you?