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He walked with dilated nostrils and clenched hands, all glowing and tingling with the excitement of the combat, and warmed with the thought that he could still, when there was need, take his own part in a street brawl in spite of his three-score and odd years.
She was striking him in the face with her clenched fist, and now he was choking her.
I think the other would have knocked him down, had he not instinctively started back before that bony fist quivering with rage and clenched till the knuckles gleamed white and glistening through the skin.
Charles clenched his teeth and sent the motor swerving all over the lane.
No sooner was he over the threshold than Daddy Mathieu slammed the door after him and, turning towards us, with eyes bloodshot, and frothing at the mouth, he hissed to us, shaking his clenched fist at the door he had just shut on the man he evidently hated:
Her hands were clenched till the nails dented the palms, and her body was rigid in her passionate effort for control.
We got up, an' I'd a-fallen, only I clenched an' held myself up by him.
Sikes looked with an aspect of great perplexity into the Jew's face, and reading no satisfactory explanation of the riddle there, clenched his coat collar in his huge hand and shook him soundly.
He remembered how often he had buried his trembling head beneath the bedclothes, and heard the harsh word, and the hard stripe, and his mother's wailing; and though the man sobbed aloud with agony of mind as he left the spot, his fist was clenched, and his teeth were set, in a fierce and deadly passion.
He rushed wildly forward, and clenched the old man by the throat--but he was his father; and his arm fell powerless by his side.
POLICE who stopped a man in Holyhead found he had a Stanley knife clenched in his fist, Mold Crown Court heard today.