American English

Definition of punch noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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. see also rabbit punch
  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
  4. 4[uncountable] a drink made by mixing water, fruit juice, spices, and sometimes wine or another alcoholic drink a recipe for fruit punch
  5. Idioms
    beat somebody to the punch (informal)
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    to get or do something before someone else can
      pack a (powerful, real, etc.) punch (informal)
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    1. 1(of a boxer) to be capable of hitting someone very hard
    2. 2to have a powerful effect on someone The advertising campaign packs quite a punch.
    pull your punches (informal)
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    (usually used in negative sentences) to express something less strongly than you are able to, for example to avoid upsetting or shocking someone Her articles certainly don't pull any punches.
    roll with the punches
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    to adapt yourself to a difficult situation
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: punch