punch line


noun

the climactic phrase or sentence in a joke, speech, advertisement, or humorous story that produces the desired effect.

Nearby words

  1. punch biopsy,
  2. punch bowl,
  3. punch card,
  4. punch graft,
  5. punch in,
  6. punch list,
  7. punch out,
  8. punch press,
  9. punch spoon,
  10. punch-and-judy show

Origin of punch line

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25

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British Dictionary definitions for punch line

punch line

noun

the culminating part of a joke, funny story, etc, that gives it its humorous or dramatic point
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