to give a sharp thrust or blow to, especially with the fist.
Western U.S. and Western Canada. to drive (cattle).
to poke or prod, as with a stick.
Informal. to deliver (lines in a play, a musical passage, or the like) with vigor.
to strike or hit in operating: She punched the elevator button and waited for the doors to open.
to put into operation with or as if with a blow: I punched the time clock at that factory every morning and evening for 35 years.
Baseball. to hit (the ball) with a short, chopping motion rather than with a full swing: He punched a soft liner just over third base for a base hit.
to give a sharp blow to a person or thing, as with the fist: The boxer punches well.
punch away, Informal. to keep trying or working, especially in difficult or discouraging circumstances; persevere: How long have you been punching away at the same old job?
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.
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.
roll with the punches, Informal. to cope with and survive adversity: In the business world you quickly learn to roll with the punches.
- puncher, noun
Other definitions for punch (2 of 4)
a tool or machine for perforating or stamping materials, driving nails, etc.
the solid upper die of a punch press, used with a hollow die to blank out shaped pieces of sheet metal or the like.
to cut, stamp, pierce, perforate, form, or drive with a tool or machine that punches.
to work at or on something with or as if with a mechanical punch.
- punch·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for punch (3 of 4)
a beverage consisting of wine or spirits mixed with fruit juice, soda, water, milk, or the like, and flavored with sugar, spices, etc.
a beverage of two or more fruit juices, sugar, and water, sometimes carbonated.
Other definitions for Punch (4 of 4)
the chief male character in a Punch-and-Judy show.
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How to use punch in a sentence
Chapter one, you deal with your mother, and in the second episode, your father, and you don't pull any punches.Q&A with Rufus Wainwright: Playing gigs during the pandemic and why he took a road trip with his therapist | Geoff Edgers | December 26, 2020 | Washington Post
Back on Earth, scientists scoured mud ponds and fished out a teeny-tiny CRISPR enzyme that packs a massive punch for genome editing.2020 in Neuroscience, Longevity, and AI—and What’s to Come | Shelly Fan | December 22, 2020 | Singularity Hub
If paying someone to clean your house means cutting your grocery budget for the week in half, those hours of reclaimed free time won’t pack the same punch as they might if they were funded by spare change.
One of my favorite things about making a fancy party punch is garnishing the bowl, scattering the surface with citrus wheels and spices and herbs so that it’s a visual treat as well.Smaller bowl, same punch: Scaling down New Year’s drinks for one or two | M. Carrie Allan | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
It’s mid-December, and usually by this time of year, I would have made at least five batches of celebratory punch for the holidays.Smaller bowl, same punch: Scaling down New Year’s drinks for one or two | M. Carrie Allan | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The young puncher had been reluctant to come, and he was equally reluctant to go.The Range Boss | Charles Alden Seltzer
Reckon you remember thet cow-puncher who came up with Roy an' Auchincloss after the girls—last fall?The Man of the Forest | Zane Grey
Five thousand for a fully qualified professore, and twelve thousand for a ticket puncher.Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
But the young puncher sneered a malignant denial and rode away to his camp.The Range Boss | Charles Alden Seltzer
"Ain't another train either way till to-morrow morning," said the cow-puncher.Pluck on the Long Trail | Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for punch (1 of 4)
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
a blow with the fist
informal telling force, point, or vigour: his arguments lacked punch
- puncher, noun
British Dictionary definitions for punch (2 of 4)
a tool or machine for piercing holes in a material
any of various tools used for knocking a bolt, rivet, etc, out of a hole
a tool or machine used for stamping a design on something or shaping it by impact
the solid die of a punching machine for cutting, stamping, or shaping material
computing a device, such as a card punch or tape punch, used for making holes in a card or paper tape
See centre punch
(tr) to pierce, cut, stamp, shape, or drive with a punch
British Dictionary definitions for punch (3 of 4)
any mixed drink containing fruit juice and, usually, alcoholic liquor, generally hot and spiced
British Dictionary definitions for Punch (4 of 4)
the main character in the traditional children's puppet show Punch and Judy
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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
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