punch line


noun

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

Origin of punch line

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
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punch line


noun

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