Idioms for punch

    pull punches,
    1. to lessen deliberately the force of one's blows.
    2. 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.

Origin of punch

1
1350–1400; Middle English punchen (v.); apparently variant of pounce1

SYNONYMS FOR punch

OTHER WORDS FROM punch

punch·er, noun

Definition for punches (2 of 4)

punch2
[ puhnch ]
/ pʌntʃ /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to cut, stamp, pierce, perforate, form, or drive with a tool or machine that punches.

verb (used without object)

to work at or on something with or as if with a mechanical punch.

Origin of punch

2
1495–1505; short for puncheon2, reinforced by punch1

OTHER WORDS FROM punch

punch·a·ble, adjective

Definition for punches (3 of 4)

punch3
[ puhnch ]
/ pʌntʃ /

noun

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.

Origin of punch

3
First recorded in 1625–35; of uncertain origin

Definition for punches (4 of 4)

Punch
[ puhnch ]
/ pʌntʃ /

noun

the chief male character in a Punch-and-Judy show.

Origin of Punch

short for punchinello
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British Dictionary definitions for punches (1 of 4)

punch1
/ (pʌntʃ) /

verb

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

noun

Derived forms of punch

puncher, noun

Word Origin for punch

C15: perhaps a variant of pounce ²

British Dictionary definitions for punches (2 of 4)

punch2
/ (pʌntʃ) /

noun

verb

(tr) to pierce, cut, stamp, shape, or drive with a punch

Word Origin for punch

C14: shortened from puncheon, from Old French ponçon; see puncheon ²

British Dictionary definitions for punches (3 of 4)

punch3
/ (pʌntʃ) /

noun

any mixed drink containing fruit juice and, usually, alcoholic liquor, generally hot and spiced

Word Origin for punch

C17: perhaps from Hindi pānch, from Sanskrit pañca five; the beverage originally included five ingredients

British Dictionary definitions for punches (4 of 4)

Punch
/ (pʌntʃ) /

noun

the main character in the traditional children's puppet show Punch and Judy
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Idioms and Phrases with punches

punch

In addition to the idioms beginning with punch

  • punch in
  • punch out

also see:

  • 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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