\ ˈpənch-ˌau̇t How to pronounce punch-out (audio) \

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

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 Five pitches later, Suarez painted a 2-and-2 fastball to punch out Trevor Story, turning to pump his fist and roar. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Against Stanton later, Wells went back to his fastball — the same pitch the slugger jumped all over earlier — for a punch out. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2022 The woman said that overnight, someone had attempted to punch out the ignition in hopes of stealing the vehicle. John Benson, cleveland, 30 Mar. 2022 The Sixers got little offensive punch out Embiid and Harden. Dan Gelston, ajc, 21 Mar. 2022 The old way of work was to get up early every morning, punch in the clock, work hard, then punch out the clock and go home only to repeat the same action daily. Darick Spears, Rolling Stone, 25 Feb. 2022 And Roger is somebody who would punch out somebody that said anything even slightly derogatory about me. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2022 Just take your medicine, punch out and then instead of making a triple bogey, go for bogey. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 11 Nov. 2021 Home plate umpire Laz Diaz did not punch out Castro, as the Fenway Park crowd and Eovaldi – already having taken two steps toward the dugout – expected. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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