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punch-drunk

[ puhnch-druhngk ]
/ ˈpʌntʃˌdrʌŋk /
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adjective

(especially of a boxer) having cerebral concussion caused by repeated blows to the head and consequently exhibiting unsteadiness of gait, hand tremors, slow muscular movement, hesitant speech, and dulled mentality.
Informal. befuddled; dazed.

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Origin of punch-drunk

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for punch-drunk

punch-drunk

adjective

demonstrating or characteristic of the behaviour of a person who has suffered repeated blows to the head, esp a professional boxer
dazed; stupefied
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Medical definitions for punch-drunk

punch-drunk

adj.

Showing signs of brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head. Used especially of a boxer.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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