To punch is to hit hard with a closed fist. Boxers practice their sport when they punch a punching bag. Punch is also a party drink. But if you punch someone at the party, you won’t get any.

Most of us occasionally imagine what it would feel like to punch a bully. You also punch when you make round holes in paper (with a "hole punch"), and you "punch the clock," or "punch in" when you officially register that you've started working for the day. Punch is also a fruity, drink — this potable punch comes from Sanskrit for "five," for the five ingredients in a similar sweet drink. There are also five fingers in a fist. Hum.

Definitions of punch
  1. verb
    deliver a quick blow to
    “he punched me in the stomach”
    synonyms: plug
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    type of:
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  2. verb
    drive forcibly as if by a punch
    “the nail punched through the wall”
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    type of:
    push forcefully
  3. noun
    (boxing) a blow with the fist
    synonyms: biff, clout, lick, poke, slug
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    counter, counterpunch, parry
    a return punch (especially by a boxer)
    KO punch, Sunday punch, haymaker, knockout punch
    a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
    a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
    a quick short straight punch
    rabbit punch
    a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
    sucker punch
    an unexpected punch
    a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing
    type of:
    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  4. verb
    make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
    synonyms: perforate
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    type of:
    make a hole into
  5. noun
    a tool for making holes or indentations
    synonyms: puncher
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    center punch
    a tool with a conical point that is used to make indentations in metal (especially to mark points for drilling)
    punch pliers
    punch consisting of pliers for perforating paper or leather
    type of:
    an implement used in the practice of a vocation
  6. noun
    an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
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    fruit punch
    a punch made of fruit juices mixed with water or soda water (with or without alcohol)
    milk punch
    a punch made of spirits and milk and sugar and spices
    a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
    a punch made of sweetened ale or wine heated with spices and roasted apples; especially at Christmas
    fish house punch
    a punch made of rum and brandy and water or tea sweetened with sugar syrup
    May wine
    a punch made of Moselle and sugar and sparkling water or champagne flavored with sweet woodruff
    a punch made of sweetened milk or cream mixed with eggs and usually alcoholic liquor
    Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar
    champagne cup
    a punch containing a sparkling wine
    claret cup
    a punch made of claret and brandy with lemon juice and sugar and sometimes sherry or curacao and fresh fruit
    type of:
    mixed drink
    made of two or more ingredients
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