\ˈpənch-ˌau̇t \

Definition of punch-out 

(Entry 1 of 2)

punch 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


you should take a course in anger management—you can't go around punching out people

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Hole 11 - Par 5 Tiger pulled iron on the second shot and found the tall grass, leaving for a punch out to the fairway for his second shot. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "Tiger Tracker: Follow Woods' Thursday round at the Memorial shot-by-shot," 31 May 2018 Perisic could only fire over after a poor punch out from the goalkeeper. SI.com, "Croatia 2-1 England (AET): Three Lions' Hearts Broken as Mandzukic Scores Extra Time Winner," 11 July 2018 Theft Tools were taken from a work truck parked in a driveway in the 200 block of West Wilson Avenue between July 1 and 7:45 a.m. July 2 by someone who punched out a lock on the truck. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst police blotter: Villa Park man charged after exiting vehicle at intersection holding pistol," 6 July 2018 Saturday's quintet allowed two baserunners — one reached on an error — and struck out seven members of a Royals team that was the toughest in the American League to punch out. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Carlos Correa's walkoff single in 12th inning lifts Astros over Royals," 23 June 2018 Indians pitcher Kennedy Lehn entered the game with a 0.26 ERA and leading the state with 294 strikeouts on the year but punched out just six Falcons. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Maddy Anderson does it all to send Waukesha North to its first state trip in 18 years; Oak Creek, Whitnall and Falls also qualify," 31 May 2018 Puffs of steam flew out of its windows, obscuring Travis Vasconcelos as his fingers punched out the Indiana University fight song on the calliope’s keyboard. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Steam powered calliope adds fun to IU Day," 18 Apr. 2018 The scene takes all of the punch out of the jokes and ridicule that were common following the trial. Karen Han, Vox, "How A Very English Scandal spins sensationalism into empathy," 7 July 2018 One year, the Toyota TS040 had the best punch out of the corner and down the main straight. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 June 2018

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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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