bunch of fives

bunch of fives
   a fist used as a weapon
   Less often it means an open hand used for chastisement:
    Wright did not hesitate to call his pupils' attention to his 'bunch of fives', a term he was specially fond of using to denote his powerful hand, which might now and again come into palpable contact with a pupil's cheek. (E. M. Wright, 1934, writing about her husband, Joseph, who edited the EDD)

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  • bunch of fives — see under ↑five • • • Main Entry: ↑bunch bunch of fives (slang) The fist • • • Main Entry: ↑five …   Useful english dictionary

  • bunch of fives — ► bunch of fives Brit. informal a punch. Main Entry: ↑bunch …   English terms dictionary

  • bunch of fives — n. the fist. □ How would you like a bunch of fives right in the kisser? □ He ended up with a bunch of fives in the gut …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • bunch of fives — Colloquial –noun 1. the fist, when used to hit another person. –phrase 2. give someone a bunch of fives, to hit someone with the fist …   Australian English dictionary

  • bunch of fives — noun a) a fist b) a punch (hit with a fist) …   Wiktionary

  • Bunch of Fives — fist …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • bunch of fives — Australian Slang fist …   English dialects glossary

  • bunch of fives — n British a fist. A 19th century pun on a hand of cards (or, later, a handful of ban knotes), typically used in describing threatening or violent behaviour …   Contemporary slang

  • bunch of fives — n. (Slang) fist; hand; punch …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bunch of fives —  Fist …   A concise dictionary of English slang