Punch

[ puhnch ]
/ pʌntʃ /

noun

the chief male character in a Punch-and-Judy show.

Idioms

    pleased as Punch, highly pleased; delighted: They were pleased as Punch at having been asked to come along.

Origin of Punch

short for punchinello
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British Dictionary definitions for pleased as punch (1 of 4)

punch

1
/ (pʌntʃ) /

verb

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

noun

Derived Forms

puncher, noun

Word Origin for punch

C15: perhaps a variant of pounce ²

British Dictionary definitions for pleased as punch (2 of 4)

punch

2
/ (pʌntʃ) /

noun

verb

(tr) to pierce, cut, stamp, shape, or drive with a punch

Word Origin for punch

C14: shortened from puncheon, from Old French ponçon; see puncheon ²

British Dictionary definitions for pleased as punch (3 of 4)

punch

3
/ (pʌntʃ) /

noun

any mixed drink containing fruit juice and, usually, alcoholic liquor, generally hot and spiced

Word Origin for punch

C17: perhaps from Hindi pānch, from Sanskrit pañca five; the beverage originally included five ingredients

British Dictionary definitions for pleased as punch (4 of 4)

Punch

/ (pʌntʃ) /

noun

the main character in the traditional children's puppet show Punch and Judy
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Idioms and Phrases with pleased as punch (1 of 2)

pleased as Punch


Delighted, as in We were pleased as Punch when they asked us to be god-parents. This term alludes to the character Punch in Punch and Judy shows, who is always very happy when his evil deeds succeed. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with pleased as punch (2 of 2)

punch


In addition to the idioms beginning with punch

  • punch in
  • punch out

also see:

  • beat to it (the punch)
  • can't punch one's way out of a paper bag
  • pack a punch
  • pleased as punch
  • pull no punches
  • roll with the punches
  • sucker punch
  • throw a punch
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