\ 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

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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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Photo: Alamy 1991 Apple PowerBook 100 The first modern laptop had an innovative trackball mouse and slid the keyboard up to the screen, giving traveling businesspeople a place to rest their wrists while punching out spreadsheets. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "How to Disconnect From ‘Always On’ Work Culture," 5 Oct. 2018 Use a hammer to lightly bang against the back of the screwdriver and punch out the plastic plug. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Why Won't My Dishwasher Drain?," 4 May 2017 Mercury, here, is fashioned mainly by silversmithing techniques of repoussé, the details delicately punched out from within. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, "‘Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’ Review: Shining Silver From an Untarnished Trove," 31 Oct. 2018 Until every gov-corp was punched out and soldiers sat on their haunches in the sand, palms up like tired apes. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "Olympia," 20 Nov. 2017 John struck out 15 over six innings and Alex punched out the side to record the save. *** Zak Summy’s walk-off two-run home run with two outs lifted Haverford School over Garnet Valley, 7-6, in eight innings. Corey Sharp, Philly.com, "Wednesday's Pa. roundup: Bautista brothers combine for no-hitter to lead Swenson over Prep Charter," 28 Mar. 2018 The first, which has been viewed 1.6 million times, features Shirrako punching out a suffragette NPC who yells in a plaza about wanting the right to vote. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "YouTube reverses ban for streamer who killed Red Dead 2 feminist," 8 Nov. 2018 Instead, the White House said, records show that in one instance an upset driver punched out a window on Jackson’s vehicle during a trip to Camp David, Md., and in another case, a side-view mirror was hit by a passing truck. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "White House pushes back on allegations against former Trump VA pick," 28 Apr. 2018 Even where websites load, there may be holes punched out of them — missing images, embedded apps, or entire ad networks. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Using the internet without the Amazon Cloud," 28 July 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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