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punch



Pronunciation: (punch), [key]
n.
1. a thrusting blow, esp. with the fist.
2. forcefulness, effectiveness, or pungency in content or appeal; power; zest: a letter to voters that needs more punch.
3. pull punches,
a. to lessen deliberately the force of one's blows.
b. 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.
4. roll with the punches, Informal.to cope with and survive adversity: In the business world you quickly learn to roll with the punches.

v.t.
1. to give a sharp thrust or blow to, esp. with the fist.
2. Western U.S. and Western Canada.to drive (cattle).
3. to poke or prod, as with a stick.
4. Informal.to deliver (lines in a play, a musical passage, or the like) with vigor.
5. to strike or hit in operating: to punch the typewriter keys.
6. to put into operation with or as if with a blow: to punch a time clock.
7. 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.

v.i.
1. to give a sharp blow to a person or thing, as with the fist: The boxer punches well.
2. punch away, Informal.to keep trying or working, esp. in difficult or discouraging circumstances; persevere: punching away at the same old job.
3. punch in,
a. to record one's time of arrival at work by punching a time clock.
b. to keyboard (information) into a computer: to punch in the inventory figures.
4. punch out,
a. to record one's time of departure from work by punching a time clock.
b. Slang.to beat up or knock out with the fists.
c. to extract (information) from a computer by the use of a keyboard: to punch out data on last week's sales.
d. to bail out; eject from an aircraft.
5. punch up,
a. to call up (information) on a computer by the use of a keyboard: to punch up a list of hotel reservations.
b. Informal.to enliven, as with fresh ideas or additional material: You'd better punch up that speech with a few jokes.

punch



Pronunciation: (punch), [key]
n.
1. a tool or machine for perforating or stamping materials, driving nails, etc.
2. the solid upper die of a punch press, used with a hollow die to blank out shaped pieces of sheet metal or the like.

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

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

punch



Pronunciation: (punch), [key]
n.
1. a beverage consisting of wine or spirits mixed with fruit juice, soda, water, milk, or the like, and flavored with sugar, spices, etc.
2. a beverage of two or more fruit juices, sugar, and water, sometimes carbonated.

Punch



Pronunciation: (punch), [key]
n.
1. the chief male character in a Punch-and-Judy show.
2. pleased as Punch, highly pleased; delighted: They were pleased as Punch at having been asked to come along.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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