punch ( punches plural & 3rd person present) ( punching present participle) ( punched past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you punch someone or something, you hit them hard with your fist.
After punching him on the chin she wound up hitting him over the head... V n
In American English, punch out means the same as punch., phrasal verb
`I almost lost my job today.'—`What happened?'—`Oh, I punched out this guy.'... V P n (not pron)
In the past, many kids would settle disputes by punching each other out. V n P
Punch is also a noun., n-count
He was hurting Johansson with body punches in the fourth round.
puncher ( punchers plural) n-count usu supp N
...the awesome range of blows which have confirmed him as boxing's hardest puncher.
2 verb If you punch the air, you put one or both of your fists forcefully above your shoulders as a gesture of delight or victory.
At the end, Graf punched the air in delight, a huge grin on her face. V n
3 verb If you punch something such as the buttons on a keyboard, you touch them in order to store information on a machine such as a computer or to give the machine a command to do something.
Mrs. Baylor strode to the elevator and punched the button. V n
4 verb If you punch holes in something, you make holes in it by pushing or pressing it with something sharp.
I took a ballpoint pen and punched a hole in the carton. V n in n
5 n-count A punch is a tool that you use for making holes in something.
Make two holes with a hole punch.
6 n-uncount If you say that something has punch, you mean that it has force or effectiveness.
My nervousness made me deliver the vital points of my address without sufficient punch...
7 n-mass Punch is a drink made from wine or spirits mixed with things such as sugar, lemons, and spices.
8 If you say that someone does not pull their punches when they are criticizing a person or thing, you mean that they say exactly what they think, even though this might upset or offend people.
pull one's punches phrase V and N inflect, oft with brd-neg She has a reputation for getting at the guts of a subject and never pulling her punches. punch in phrasal verb If you punch in a number on a machine or punch numbers into it, you push the machine's buttons or keys in order to give it a command to do something. You can bank by phone in the USA, punching in account numbers on the phone... V P n (not pron) Punch your credit card number into the keypad. V n P
Punch and Judy show ( Punch and Judy shows plural ) A Punch and Judy show is a puppet show for children, often performed at fairs or at the seaside. Punch and Judy, the two main characters, are always fighting. n-count
punch bowl ( punch bowls plural ) A punch bowl is a large bowl in which drinks, especially punch, are mixed and served. n-count
punch-drunk , punch drunk
1 adj A punch-drunk boxer shows signs of brain damage, for example by being unsteady and unable to think clearly, after being hit too often on the head.
usu ADJ n
2 adj If you say that someone is punch-drunk, you mean that they are very tired or confused, for example because they have been working too hard.
usu v-link ADJ
He was punch-drunk with fatigue and depressed by the rain.
punch-up ( punch-ups plural ) A punch-up is a fight in which people hit each other.
He was involved in a punch-up with Sarah's former lover.