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punch1

[puhnch] /pʌntʃ/
noun
1.
a thrusting blow, especially with the fist.
2.
forcefulness, effectiveness, or pungency in content or appeal; power; zest:
a letter to voters that needs more punch.
verb (used with object)
3.
to give a sharp thrust or blow to, especially with the fist.
4.
Western U.S. and Western Canada. to drive (cattle).
5.
to poke or prod, as with a stick.
6.
Informal. to deliver (lines in a play, a musical passage, or the like) with vigor.
7.
to strike or hit in operating:
to punch the typewriter keys.
8.
to put into operation with or as if with a blow:
to punch a time clock.
9.
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.
verb (used without object)
10.
to give a sharp blow to a person or thing, as with the fist:
The boxer punches well.
Verb phrases
11.
punch away, Informal. to keep trying or working, especially in difficult or discouraging circumstances; persevere:
punching away at the same old job.
12.
punch in,
  1. to record one's time of arrival at work by punching a time clock.
  2. to keyboard (information) into a computer:
    to punch in the inventory figures.
13.
punch out,
  1. to record one's time of departure from work by punching a time clock.
  2. Slang. to beat up or knock out with the fists.
  3. to extract (information) from a computer by the use of a keyboard:
    to punch out data on last week's sales.
  4. to bail out; eject from an aircraft.
14.
punch up,
  1. to call up (information) on a computer by the use of a keyboard:
    to punch up a list of hotel reservations.
  2. Informal. to enliven, as with fresh ideas or additional material:
    You'd better punch up that speech with a few jokes.
Idioms
15.
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.
16.
roll with the punches, Informal. to cope with and survive adversity:
In the business world you quickly learn to roll with the punches.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English punchen (v.); apparently variant of pounce1
Related forms
puncher, noun
Synonyms
3. strike, hit; drub, pummel.
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British Dictionary definitions for punch in

punch1

/pʌntʃ/
verb
1.
to strike blows (at), esp with a clenched fist
2.
(transitive) (Western US) to herd or drive (cattle), esp for a living
3.
(transitive) to poke or prod with a stick or similar object
4.
punch above one's weight, to do something that is considered to be beyond one's ability
noun
5.
a blow with the fist
6.
(informal) telling force, point, or vigour his arguments lacked punch
7.
pull one's punches, See pull (sense 26)
Derived Forms
puncher, noun
Word Origin
C15: perhaps a variant of pounce²

punch2

/pʌntʃ/
noun
1.
a tool or machine for piercing holes in a material
2.
any of various tools used for knocking a bolt, rivet, etc, out of a hole
3.
a tool or machine used for stamping a design on something or shaping it by impact
4.
the solid die of a punching machine for cutting, stamping, or shaping material
5.
(computing) a device, such as a card punch or tape punch, used for making holes in a card or paper tape
6.
verb
7.
(transitive) to pierce, cut, stamp, shape, or drive with a punch
Word Origin
C14: shortened from puncheon, from Old French ponçon; see puncheon²

punch3

/pʌntʃ/
noun
1.
any mixed drink containing fruit juice and, usually, alcoholic liquor, generally hot and spiced
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Hindi pānch, from Sanskrit pañca five; the beverage originally included five ingredients

Punch

/pʌntʃ/
noun
1.
the main character in the traditional children's puppet show Punch and Judy
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Word Origin and History for punch in
punch
"to drive (cattle, etc.) by poking and prodding," c.1382, from O.Fr. ponchonner "to punch, prick, stamp," from ponchon "pointed tool, piercing weapon" (see punch (n.1)). Meaning "to stab, puncture" is from c.1440. Specific meaning of "to hit with the fist" first recorded 1530, probably influenced by punish; noun sense of "a blow with the fist" is recorded by 1580. Noun in the figurative sense of "forceful, vigorous quality" is recorded from 1911. To beat (someone) to the punch is from 1923, a metaphor from boxing. Punch line is from 1921; punch-drunk is from 1915. To punch a ticket, etc., is c.1440, probably from a shortening of puncheon "pointed tool," from O.Fr. ponchon.
punch
"pointed tool," c.1460, short for puncheon (1367), from O.Fr. ponchon "pointed tool, piercing weapon," from V.L. *punctionem (nom. punctio) "pointed tool," from L. punctus, pp. of pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Meaning "machine for pressing or stamping a die" is from 1628.
punch
"mixed drink," 1632, traditionally said to derive from Hindi panch "five," in allusion to the number of original ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, spice), from Skt. panchan-s.
Punch
the puppet show star, 1709, shortening of Punchinello (1666), from It. (Neapolitan) Pollecinella, dim. of pollecena "turkey pullet," probably in allusion to his big nose. The phrase pleased as punch apparently refers to his unfailing triumph over enemies. The comic weekly of this name was published in London from 1841.
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Slang definitions & phrases for punch in

punch in

verb phrase

To come or go at a certain time, esp to or from a job; clock in (or OUT)

[1934+; fr the stamping of one's work card at a time clock]


punch

noun

Power; force; impact; clout: This article has no punch (1911+)

Related Terms

can't fight one's way out of a paper bag, one-two, suckerpunch, sunday punch


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Idioms and Phrases with punch in
.
Also, punch a or the clock. Check in at a job upon arrival, as in You have to punch in or you won't get paid, or In this office no one has to punch a clock. This usage alludes to the use of a time clock, which has a button an employee punches or strikes to record the time of arrival on a card. [ 1920s ]
Also see: punch out, def. 1.
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Keyboard data into a computer, as in He was careful about punching in all the payments. [ Mid-1900s ]
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