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Definition of punch-out

 (Entry 1 of 2)

punch out

punched out; punching out; punches out

Definition of punch out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to record the time of one's stopping work or departure by punching a time clock
2 : to bail out of an aircraft using an ejection seat

transitive verb

1 : to beat up

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Examples of punch-out in a Sentence

Verb you should take a course in anger management—you can't go around punching out people
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Guys punch out 200 times and people act like it’s no big deal. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "'No regrets:' Albert Pujols, entering his 21st MLB season, reflects on what could be his final year," 3 Mar. 2021 In 1987 at Torrey Pines, Craig Stadler got on his knees to punch out a shot from under a tree. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "No lie, he’s played by the rules on the PGA Tour for 40 years," 20 Feb. 2021 Against the Seahawks, the lineman said there were opportunities to punch out the ball against running back Chris Carson and receiver DK Metcalf, but that didn’t happen. Emmanuel Morgan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Rams defense picks up the slack, but it isn’t enough to stop Seahawks," 28 Dec. 2020 Some generators can punch out as little as a few hundred watts, while others produce several thousand. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Things to Consider Before Buying your next Generator," 19 Aug. 2019 The combination of rookie Jonathan Taylor, Mack’s replacement, and Nyheim Hines has provided a solid one-two punch out of the backfield. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Colts vs. Bengals live stream (10/18): How to watch NFL Week 6 online, TV, time," 18 Oct. 2020 Keoghan brings out a hokey elimination totem — a giant time clock where the losing contestants must punch out each week. Washington Post, "CBS’s ‘Tough as Nails’ tries to celebrate hard work, but its tough talk smacks of class divide," 7 July 2020 UW-Madison professor Tim Osswald, an expert in polymer engineering, helped select materials and find suppliers, and a local plastics company created a custom die to punch out faceplates more quickly. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Engineers Made a DIY Face Shield. Now It's Helping Doctors," 26 Mar. 2020 Someone had punched out the door lock to get inside the vehicle. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Nearly $50,000 stolen from nursing home: Brook Park Police Blotter," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of punch-out


1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Punch-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punch-out. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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