pack a punch/wallop


: to be very strong, forceful, or energetic
Careful—these hot peppers really pack a punch.
Unlike her last album, her new release packs a wallop.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Even though video makes up just 2 percent of the collection, Barlow and Gilotty’s performance selections pack a punch. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2023 Of course, Klum knows how to pack a punch with or without clothes. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Aug. 2022 The clips chosen here pack a punch, whether the film in question is an unsurprising choice (Custer of the West, The Searchers) or less obvious. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 All these years out, Kruger’s image — a Solomonic view of a woman’s face, whose halves, in their contrasting tones, seem as if they are being pulled apart — continues to pack a punch. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 The prelims are already underway, and the main card at Fight Night at UFC Vegas 46 will most certainly pack a punch when No. 5 ranked Calvin Kattar (22-5-0) takes on a capable opponent in the No. 8 ranked Giga Chikadze (14-2-0). oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2022 Below, shop the best dainty necklaces that still pack a punch. Charlotte Diamond, Vogue, 24 Sep. 2021 There's also a small chance that storms that crop up will pack a punch mainly south of Interstate 10. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 14 Apr. 2021 Echo Buds hit the scene last fall and aimed to pack a punch with a price of $129.99 that undercut nearly all the other core wireless earbuds. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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“Pack a punch/wallop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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