punch

punch
1 verb (T)
1 to hit someone or something hard with your fist (=closed hand): punch sb in/on sth: Gallacher swung round and punched me hard in the stomach. | punch sb/sth: I punched the wall in anger. | punch the air (=to make a movement like a punch, to show that you are very pleased about something)
2 to make a hole in something using a metal tool or other sharp object: punch a ticket/card etc: The guard punched my ticket. | punch a hole in/through sth: These bullets can punch a hole through 20mm steel plate.
3 (T) to push a button or key on a machine: Sally punched the eighth floor button and the doors shut.
4 AmE (T) to move cattle from one place to another
5 punch holes in an argument/idea etc BrE to disagree with someone's idea or plan and show what is wrong with it
6 punch the clock AmE informal to record the time that you start or finish work by putting a card into a special machine
7 punch sb's lights out AmE informal to hit someone hard in the face
punch in phrasal verb
1 (I) AmE to record the time that you arrive at work, by putting a card into a special machine; clock in
2 (transitive punch something in) to put information into a computer by pressing buttons or keys
punch out phrasal verb AmE
1 to record the time that you leave work, by putting a card into a special machine; clock out
2 (transitive punch someone out) to hit someone so hard that they fall over
2 noun
1 (C) a quick strong hit made with your fist (=closed hand): punch in/on etc: a punch in the kidneys | throw a punch (=aim a punch at someone)
2 (U) a strong, effective quality in the way that you express things that makes people interested: The speech was O.K. but it had no real punch.
3 (C) a metal tool for cutting holes or for pushing something into a small hole: a hole punch
4 (C, U) a drink made from fruit juice, sugar, water, and usually some alcohol: a bowl of rum punch
5 as pleased as Punch very happy: He's as pleased as Punch about the baby.
6 beat sb/sth to the punch informal to do or get something before someone else
7 not pull any punches informal to express your disapproval very clearly, without trying to hide what you feel: He wasn't pulling any punches! He said my work was `pathetic'.
—see also: pack a (hard) punch pack 1 (10)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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