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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FEIST, n., v. Sc. forms and usages of obs. Eng. fist, to break wind, a breaking of wind. [fəist, fɪst]

I. n. 1. “The act of breaking wind in a suppressed manner” (Lth. 1825 Jam.; Abd.27 1925).

2. Fig. (a) “Exertion with little effect” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 45); (b) a weak person (Ib.).

II. v. Fig. “To make exertion with difficulty and with little effect” (Ib.).

[O.Sc. fistand, breaking wind, 1602, E.Mid.Eng. fyste, id., O.E. fīstung as in n. 1. It is uncertain whether the fig. meanings above are from the same word.]

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