A bunch of fives
A bunch of fives means the human fist where the bunch of fives literally point out to the five fingers.Moreover, it may refer to boxing and how the five fingers come together during a punch.
1. That kid is in the nurse’s office with a bloody nose because the bully gave him a bunch of fives in the gut.
2. If you give someone a bunch of fives, you hit them hard with your hand closed.
3. The two enemy groups in the college this time came together for a fight with nothing but their bunch of fives.
4. He closed his bunch of fives when threatened by the police officer but then resorted to his cool almost instantly.
5. One must be able to control their anger and not just bring their bunch of fives to every event.
6. A marriage is a game of patience and trust. One cannot just bring their bunch of fives to it even if the other person provokes the same.
The phrase appears in print in 1825. In Charles Westmacott’s The English Spy:
“With their bunch of fives.” A bunch of fives. It is also reported as appearing, slightly earlier, in Boxiana by Pierce Egan. Boxiana is a classic work on boxing history and folklore.