Definition of punch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pʌntʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌntʃ//
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  1. 1  [countable] a hard hit made with the fist (= closed hand) a punch in the face Hill threw a punch at the police officer. a knockout punch He shot out his right arm and landed a punch on Lorrimer's nose.
  2. 2[uncountable] the power to interest people It's a well-constructed crime story, told with speed and punch.
  3. 3 [countable] a tool or machine for cutting holes in paper, leather or metal a hole punch See related entries: In the office
  4. 4 [uncountable] a hot or cold drink made by mixing water, fruit juice, spices, and usually wine or another alcoholic drink
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘puncture, prod’): variant of pounce. noun sense 3 early 16th cent.: perhaps an abbreviation of puncheon, or from the verb punch ‘hit somebody/​something hard’. noun sense 4 mid 17th cent.: apparently from Sanskrit pañca ‘five, five kinds of’ (because the drink had five ingredients).Extra examples Be careful what you say or you’ll get a punch on the nose. He can throw a powerful punch. He pulled his punches to avoid hurting his sparring partner. He was knocked flat by a sucker punch. She gave him a punch on the nose. She pulls no punches. The X37 engine packs a powerful punch. The film packs a heavy emotional punch. This policy will deliver a knockout punch to the tourism industry a boxer who knows how to take a punch a punch in the stomach a punch to the jaw the devastating one-two punch of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita He landed a punch on Lorrimer’s nose.Idioms
    beat somebody to the punch
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    (informal) to get or do something before somebody else can
      pack a (powerful, real, etc.) punch (informal)
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    1. 1(of a boxer) to be capable of hitting somebody very hard
    2. 2to have a powerful effect on somebody The advertising campaign packs quite a punch.
    (informal) (usually used in negative sentences) to express something less strongly than you are able to, for example to avoid upsetting or shocking somebody Her articles certainly don't pull any punches. to adapt yourself to a difficult situation
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