punch

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.

Primary Meanings of punch

1.
vn
deliver a quick blow to
(boxing) a blow with the fist
2.
vn
make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
a tool for making holes or indentations
3.
n
an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
Full Definitions of punch
1

v deliver a quick blow to

“he punched me in the stomach”
Synonyms:
plug
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v drive forcibly as if by a punch

“the nail punched through the wall”
Type of:
thrust
push forcefully

n (boxing) a blow with the fist

Synonyms:
biff, clout, lick, poke, slug
Types:
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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
hook
a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
jab
a quick short straight punch
rabbit punch
a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
sucker punch
an unexpected punch
roundhouse
a hook delivered with an exaggerated swing
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
2

v make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation

Synonyms:
perforate
Type of:
pierce
make a hole into

n a tool for making holes or indentations

Synonyms:
puncher
Types:
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:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation
3

n an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl

Types:
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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
cup
a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
wassail
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
eggnog
a punch made of sweetened milk or cream mixed with eggs and usually alcoholic liquor
glogg
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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