- 1 to hit somebody/something hard with your fist (= closed hand) punch somebody/something He was kicked and punched as he lay on the ground. He was punching the air in triumph. punch somebody/something in/on something She punched him on the nose.
- 2to make a hole in something with a punch (3) or some other sharp object punch something to punch a time card punch something in/through something The machine punches a row of holes in the metal sheet.
- 3punch something to press buttons or keys on a computer, telephone, etc. in order to operate it I punched the button to summon the elevator. Word Originverb sense 1 and verb sense 3 late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘puncture, prod’): variant of pounce. verb sense 2 early 16th cent.: perhaps an abbreviation of puncheon, or from the verb punch ‘hit somebody/something hard’.Extra examples He was repeatedly kicked and punched as he lay on the ground. His attacker had punched him hard in the face. She playfully punched him on the arm. He punched the other boy in the stomach. I had a good mind to punch him on the nose! I punched the pillow in frustration.Idioms to be or try to be more successful than others in doing something that normally requires more skill, experience, money, etc. than you have This player seems to be able to constantly punch above his weight. He punched above his weight as the party’s foreign affairs spokesman. Phrasal Verbspunch inpunch somethinginpunch somebody outpunch somethingoutpunch somethingup
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BrE BrE//pʌntʃ//; NAmE NAmE//pʌntʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they punch
BrE BrE//pʌntʃ//; NAmE NAmE//pʌntʃ//he / she / it punches
BrE BrE//ˈpʌntʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌntʃɪz//past simple punched
BrE BrE//pʌntʃt//; NAmE NAmE//pʌntʃt//past participle punched
BrE BrE//pʌntʃt//; NAmE NAmE//pʌntʃt//-ing form punching
BrE BrE//ˈpʌntʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌntʃɪŋ//