akimbo


adjective, adverb

  1. with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo.

adjective, adverb

  1. arms akimbo or with arms akimbo with hands on hips and elbows projecting outwards

c.1400, in kenebowe, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English phrase in keen bow “at a sharp angle,” or from a Scandinavian word akin to Icelandic kengboginn “bow-bent,” but this seems not to have been used in this exact sense. Many languages use a teapot metaphor for this, such as French faire le pot a deux anses “to play the pot with two handles.”

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