- a thrusting blow, especially with the fist.
- forcefulness, effectiveness, or pungency in content or appeal; power; zest: a letter to voters that needs more punch.
- to give a sharp thrust or blow to, especially with the fist.
- Western U.S. and Western Canada. to drive (cattle).
- to poke or prod, as with a stick.
- Informal. to deliver (lines in a play, a musical passage, or the like) with vigor.
- to strike or hit in operating: to punch the typewriter keys.
- to put into operation with or as if with a blow: to punch a time clock.
- Baseball. to hit (the ball) with a short, chopping motion rather than with a full swing: He punched a soft liner just over third base for a base hit.
- to give a sharp blow to a person or thing, as with the fist: The boxer punches well.
- punch away, Informal. to keep trying or working, especially in difficult or discouraging circumstances; persevere: punching away at the same old job.
- punch in,
- to record one's time of arrival at work by punching a time clock.
- to keyboard (information) into a computer: to punch in the inventory figures.
- punch out,
- to record one's time of departure from work by punching a time clock.
- Slang.to beat up or knock out with the fists.
- to extract (information) from a computer by the use of a keyboard: to punch out data on last week's sales.
- to bail out; eject from an aircraft.
- punch up,
- to call up (information) on a computer by the use of a keyboard: to punch up a list of hotel reservations.
- Informal.to enliven, as with fresh ideas or additional material: You'd better punch up that speech with a few jokes.
- pull punches,
- to lessen deliberately the force of one's blows.
- Informal.to act with restraint or hold back the full force or implications of something: He wasn't going to pull any punches when he warned them of what they would be up against.
- roll with the punches, Informal. to cope with and survive adversity: In the business world you quickly learn to roll with the punches.
Origin of punch1
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- a tool or machine for perforating or stamping materials, driving nails, etc.
- the solid upper die of a punch press, used with a hollow die to blank out shaped pieces of sheet metal or the like.
- to cut, stamp, pierce, perforate, form, or drive with a tool or machine that punches.
- to work at or on something with or as if with a mechanical punch.
Origin of punch2
Examples from the Web for punching
Nearly all the coverage focused on Ray Rice punching his fiancé senseless and Adrian Peterson beating his child.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
But his message to those caring for the Dallas patient both in his home and now in the hospital needs a bit of punching up.The CDC Was Wrong About How to Stop Ebola
October 1, 2014
The Baltimore Raven was indefinitely suspended but even one of his teammates suited up after punching a girlfriend in the neck.The NFL Is Full of Ray Rices
September 9, 2014
Mandelbaum responded by punching Frank in the nose and knocking him from the carriage.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss
J. North Conway
September 7, 2014
How many times have you fantasized of punching your boss, did you ever do it?Deep Thoughts from War Machine's Sexist, Racist Prison Blog
August 21, 2014
But life has a way of punching up even a stale young writer.The Harbor
Soon you will be punching your own head and calling yourself a fool.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
I'm always ready to listen and if you want any punching done, just let me know.Rosemary
Intelligence was listening to his earphones and punching buttons.Tulan
Carroll Mather Capps
"That's not half of it," said Mr. Bullfinch, punching another button.Jerry's Charge Account
Hazel Hutchins Wilson
- to strike blows (at), esp with a clenched fist
- (tr) Western US to herd or drive (cattle), esp for a living
- (tr) to poke or prod with a stick or similar object
- punch above one's weight to do something that is considered to be beyond one's ability
- a blow with the fist
- informal telling force, point, or vigourhis arguments lacked punch
- pull one's punches See pull (def. 26)
- a tool or machine for piercing holes in a material
- any of various tools used for knocking a bolt, rivet, etc, out of a hole
- a tool or machine used for stamping a design on something or shaping it by impact
- the solid die of a punching machine for cutting, stamping, or shaping material
- computing a device, such as a card punch or tape punch, used for making holes in a card or paper tape
- See centre punch
- (tr) to pierce, cut, stamp, shape, or drive with a punch
- any mixed drink containing fruit juice and, usually, alcoholic liquor, generally hot and spiced
- the main character in the traditional children's puppet show Punch and Judy
Word Origin and History for punching
c.1400, "the cutting out of figures;" early 15c. as "a blow with the fist," verbal noun from punch (v.). Related: Punching-bag (1889, figurative sense by 1903; also punch-bag).
"to thrust, push; jostle;" also, "prod, to drive (cattle, etc.) by poking and prodding," late 14c., from Old French ponchonner "to punch, prick, stamp," from ponchon "pointed tool, piercing weapon" (see punch (n.1)). Meaning "to pierce, emboss with a tool" is from early 15c.; meaning "to stab, puncture" is from mid-15c. To punch a ticket, etc., is from mid-15c. To punch the clock "record one's arrival at or departure from the workplace using an automated timing device" is from 1900. Related: Punched; punching.
Perhaps you are some great big chief, who has a lot to say.
Who lords it o'er the common herd who chance to come your way;
Well, here is where your arrogance gets a dreadful shock,
When you march up, like a private, salute, and PUNCH THE CLOCK.
[from "Punch the Clock," by "The Skipper," "The Commercial Telegraphers' Journal," May 1912]
Specialized sense "to hit with the fist" first recorded 1520s. Cf. Latin pugnare "to fight with the fists," from a root meaning "to pierce, sting." In English this was probably influenced by punish; "punch" or "punsch" for "punish" is found in documents from 14c.-15c.:
punchyth me, Lorde, and spare my blyssyd wyff Anne. [Coventry Mystery Plays, late 15c.]
To punch (someone) out "beat up" is from 1971.
"pointed tool for making holes or embossing," late 14c., short for puncheon (mid-14c.), from Old French ponchon, poinchon "pointed tool, piercing weapon," from Vulgar Latin *punctionem (nominative *punctio) "pointed tool," from past participle stem of Latin pungere "to prick" (see pungent). From mid-15c. as "a stab, thrust;" late 15c. as "a dagger." Meaning "machine for pressing or stamping a die" is from 1620s.
type of mixed drink, 1630s, traditionally since 17c. said to derive from Hindi panch "five," in reference to the number of original ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, spice), from Sanskrit panchan-s, from pancha "five" (see five). But there are difficulties (see OED), and connection to puncheon (n.1) is not impossible.
the puppet show star, 1709, shortening of Punchinello (1666), from Italian (Neapolitan) Pollecinella, Pollecenella, diminutive of pollecena "turkey pullet," probably in allusion to his big nose. The phrase pleased as punch apparently refers to his unfailing triumph over enemies. The comic weekly of this name was published in London from 1841.
"a quick blow with the fist," by 1570s, probably from punch (v.). In early use also of blows with the foot or jabs with a staff or club. Originally especially of blows that sink in to some degree ("... whom he unmercifully bruises and batters from head to foot: here a slap in the chaps, there a black eye, now a punch in the stomach, and then a kick on the breech," "Monthly Review," 1763). Figurative sense of "forceful, vigorous quality" is recorded from 1911. To beat (someone) to the punch in the figurative sense is from 1915, a metaphor from boxing (attested by 1913). Punch line (also punch-line) is from 1915 (originally in popular-song writing); punch-drunk is from 1915 (alternative form slug-nutty is from 1933).