punch1 S3 [pʌntʃ] v [T]
2¦(make holes)¦
3¦(push buttons)¦
4 punch holes in somebody's argument/idea/plans etc
5 punch the air
6 punch somebody's lights out
7 punch the clock
Phrasal verbs
 punch in
 punch out
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: poinçonner 'to make a hole in', from poinçon 'tool for making holes']
1.) ¦(HIT)¦
to hit someone or something hard with your ↑fist (=closed hand)
He punched me and knocked my teeth out.
punch sb on/in sth
He punched Jack in the face.
2.) ¦(MAKE HOLES)¦
to make a hole in something, using a metal tool or other sharp object
The guard punched my ticket and I got on.
These bullets can punch a hole through 20 mm steel plate.
to push a button or key on a machine
Just punch the button to select a track.
4.) punch holes in sb's argument/idea/plans etc
to criticize someone's views, idea, plans etc by showing why they are wrong
5.) punch the air
to make a movement like a punch towards the sky, to show that you are very pleased
He punched the air in triumph.
6.) punch sb's lights out informal
to hit someone hard in the face
7.) punch the clock
AmE informal to record the time that you start or finish work by putting a card into a special machine
8.) ¦(CATTLE)¦
AmE old-fashioned to move cattle from one place to another
punch in phr v
1.) AmE to record the time that you arrive at work, by putting a card into a special machine
British Equivalent: clock in
2.) punch sth<=>in
to put information into a computer by pressing buttons or keys
punch out phr v
1.) to record the time that you leave work, by putting a card into a special machine
British Equivalent: clock out
2.) punch sb out
to hit someone so hard that they become unconscious
punch 2
punch2 n
[Sense: 1-2, 5-7; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: PUNCH1]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Perhaps from Hindi pãc 'five'; because there are five things that go into it.]
[Sense: 4; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from puncheon; POUNCE]
[Sense: 8; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: Punch character in children's puppet shows, from Punchinello, probably from Italian dialect polecenella 'little chicken']
a quick strong hit made with your ↑fist (=closed hand)
punch in/on
a punch in the kidneys
I managed to land a punch on his chin.
The two men started throwing punches (=trying to hit each other) .
2.) [singular,U]
a strong effective way of expressing things that makes people interested
30 years after it was written, Orton's 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' still packs a punch .
3.) [U and C]
a drink made from fruit juice, sugar, water, and usually some alcohol
a glass of hot punch
a metal tool for cutting holes or for pushing something into a small hole
5.) a one-two punch
two bad events that happen close together
A meteorite collided with Earth at the same time, delivering a one-two punch to the magnetic field.
6.) not pull any/your punches
to express disapproval or criticism clearly, without trying to hide anything
The inquiry report doesn't pull any punches in apportioning blame.
7.) beat sb/sth to the punch informal
to do or get something before anyone else does
Hitachi has beaten its competitors to the punch with its new palmtop.
8.) as pleased as punch
old-fashioned very happy
He's as pleased as punch about the baby.
pack a (hard) punch atpack1 (8)

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