punch line

noun
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of punch line

: the sentence, statement, or phrase (as in a joke) that makes the point

Examples of punch line in a Sentence

  1. She didn't understand the punch line.

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First Known Use of punch line

1916

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PUNCH LINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of punch line for English Language Learners

  • : the words at the end of a joke or story that make it funny, surprising, etc.


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