\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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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 Forged blades are heated and formed from a single piece of steel while stamped blades are made from a piece of steel punched out from a large sheet of metal. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "How to Buy a Chef's Knife," 2 May 2012 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

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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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