- to record one's time of arrival at work by punching a time clock.
- to keyboard (information) into a computer: I was punching in the inventory figures when the system crashed.
- to record one's time of departure from work by punching a time clock.
- Slang. to beat up or knock out with the fists.
- to extract (information) from a computer by the use of a keyboard: This function lets you quickly punch out a report when sales audit time comes along.
- to bail out; eject from an aircraft.
- to call up (information) on a computer by the use of a keyboard: She punched up a list of hotel reservations.
- Informal. to enliven, as with fresh ideas or additional material: You'd better punch up that speech with a few jokes.
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Idioms about punch
- to lessen deliberately the force of one's blows.
- Informal. to act with restraint or hold back the full force or implications of something: He wasn't going to pull any punches when he warned them of what they would be up against.
Origin of punch1
OTHER WORDS FROM punchpuncher, noun
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OTHER WORDS FROM punchpunch·a·ble, adjective
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How to use punch in a sentence
With those two, plus progress from young Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom, the Nats’ lineup next year might roughly equal the punch of the World Series-winning team.The Nationals have been forgotten by baseball. Don’t expect that to last.|Thomas M. Boswell|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
From feather-light to a heavy punch, from vibrations to temperatures, a tree-like architecture similar to our hands would help organize, integrate, and otherwise process data collected from those sensors.This Is How We’ll Engineer Artificial Touch|Shelly Fan|November 17, 2020|Singularity Hub
The clip-on version is petite and ideal for on-the-go sanitization, and packs a punch with more than 300 mists per package.Must-have gadgets and accessories for safer winter (and pandemic) travel|Rachel King|November 6, 2020|Fortune
Our eyes were open that punches would be thrown – and to be fair.San Diego Is a Big City – Todd Gloria Wants it to Act Like One|Andrew Keatts|November 6, 2020|Voice of San Diego
A patterned floor can give a small room a lot of punch, show personality and character, plus it’s a room your guests will see, so it’s worth splurging.Captivated by bold tile on social media? Here’s what to consider before committing to the look.|Elizabeth Mayhew|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
As zealots poured in from Arkansas and Mississippi, a wire service reporter got punched in the ribs.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise|Jason Berry|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But just as the Solloway family was about to leave Noah saw Scotty, punched him, and strangled him.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The struggle continues and Chan is punched, suffering a broken nose.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop|Michael Daly|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They slapped and punched him, and when he fell, dragged him through the dirt.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon|Tim Mak|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A Halloween dance at the hospital is considered a success because “no one got punched or stabbed.”Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane|Caitlin Dickson|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The clerk who waited on them had come to the table and placed a punched ticket for the sundaes on it.
Darry and Burd just then caught sight of the punched check lying on the table and they both reached for it.
With medium or moderately hard steel all rivet holes should be drilled, or punched ⅛ in.
If he had, he made no sign, and a moment later I had punched the bell-push and Maisie Ann was opening the door for us.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
The "canned fruit" was being punched with bayonets, and the jugs smashed by gun-butts.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)|John McElroy
British Dictionary definitions for punch (1 of 4)
Derived forms of punchpuncher, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with punch
In addition to the idioms beginning with punch
- punch in
- punch out
- 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