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
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They marched like haughty victors, singing and whistling, till brought to their senses by women of Gobowen, who hooted, booed, and shook their fists at them.
on the eve of war, people shook their fists in patriotic rage,
Hundreds of visiting supporters chanted: "We want Hoddle out" and shook their fists at the players at the end of a gutless Wolves display at Deepdale.
The pair shook their fists in triumph at Manchester Crown Court court and said: 'That'll do for me.'
A CROWD of around 500 people jeered and shook their fists as the girlfriend of the man accused of murdering Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman left court today.
The New York Post claims that their reporter, Marianne Garvey, "watched Madonna's drivers zip through 40 red lights in four days as startled pedestrians shook their fists in anger."