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pull punches

Definition of pull punches

  1. :  to express criticism in a mild or kind way —usually used in negative statements <When he has something bad to say about a movie, he doesn't pull his/any punches.> <The report pulls no punches in blaming the government for this crisis.>



Word by Word Definitions

pullplay
  1. :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force

    :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly

    :  to strain abnormally

  1. :  the act or an instance of pulling

    :  a draft of liquid

    :  an inhalation of smoke

punchplay punches
  1. :  a tool usually in the form of a short rod of steel that is variously shaped at one end for different operations (as forming, perforating, embossing, or cutting)

    :  a short tapering steel rod for driving the heads of nails below a surface

    :  a steel die faced with a letter in relief that is forced into a softer metal to form an intaglio matrix from which foundry type is cast

  1. :  prod, poke

    :  drive, herd

    :  to strike with a forward thrust especially of the fist

  1. :  the action of punching

    :  a quick blow with or as if with the fist

    :  effective energy or forcefulness

  1. :  a hot or cold drink that is usually a combination of hard liquor, wine, or beer and nonalcoholic beverages

    :  a drink that is a mixture of nonalcoholic beverages


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