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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    fist-punch the air

    May the expression "fist-punched the air" be used to show disappointment?

    as in "Damn it, " he said, fist-punching the air.
    if not, can you say "punched the air with his fist in disappointment?"

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    #2

    Re: fist-punch the air

    For me, a punch always involves a fist, so I would say:

    "Damn it," he said, punching the air.
    "He punched the air in disappointment?"


    Actually, I would not use 'punch the air' at all, but I have heard it used.

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