How to sign fight in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 3)

Definition:

Physical confrontation

Sign Instructions:

Alternate moving your fists away from your body a couple of times, mimicking a fighting motion.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for fight
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for fight
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Sign #2 (2 of 3)

Definition:

Physical or verbal conflict

Sign Instructions:

Begin with the fingertips of each hand against each other. Then, move both hands slightly away for each other, open up your fingers, and then move your hands against each other.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for fight
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pinky fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the tip of your index finger.
Dominant Handshape for fight
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for fight
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pinky fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the tip of your index finger.
Non-Dominant Handshape for fight
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Sign #3 (3 of 3)

Definition:

Physical combat

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands away from each other, and then move both fists past each other.

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Example Video

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Beginning and End Frames

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First Frame of fight

End of Sign

Final Frame of fight

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for fight
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for fight
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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