punch-out

[ puhnch-out ]
/ ˈpʌntʃˌaʊt /

noun

a small section of cardboard or metal surrounded by perforations so that it can be easily forced out.
Slang. a fistfight or brawl.

Origin of punch-out

First recorded in 1925–30; noun use of verb phrase punch out

Definition for punch out (2 of 2)

Origin of punch

1
1350–1400; Middle English punchen (v.); apparently variant of pounce1

Related forms

punch·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for punch out (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 punch out (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 punch out (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 punch out (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 punch out (1 of 2)

punch out


1

Record one's time of departure from work, as in We never punch out at exactly five o'clock. This usage, dating from the 1920s, alludes to the use of a time clock. Also see punch in, def. 1.

2

Eject from a military aircraft, as in The pilot punched out just before the plane blew up. [Slang; 1960s]

Idioms and Phrases with punch out (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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