stýfa úr hnefa

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From stýfa (shorten) + úr (from) + hnefa, the dative of hnefi (fist).


stýfa úr hnefa

  1. (rare, with accusative) to eat something from one's hand (not using utensils), to take a bite of something in one's hand, to bite apart
    Maðurinn þagði en stýfði svo brauðið úr hnefa.
    The man was quiet but then started to eat the bread.