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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 The driver’s-side front window was punched out, but nothing was stolen. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Burglary suspect injured in crash after police pursuit," 3 July 2019 During the department’s free trial, Clearview had identified shoplifters, an Apple Store thief and a good Samaritan who had punched out a man threatening people with a knife. New York Times, "The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It," 18 Jan. 2020 Chubb’s next carry was a 44-yard run, but he was chased down by Jonathan Jones, who punched out the ball. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Nick Chubb fumbles after 44-yard run against the Patriots," 27 Oct. 2019 Employees said a man punched out a window and took off running from inside the event center. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Mom charged with OVI had 2 kids in car: Westlake Police Blotter," 5 Jan. 2020 All three were rendered useless by thieves, who sliced through two of them and punched out the locking mechanism on the third. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "They Once Were Attacked for Their Cash. Now It’s Their E-Bikes.," 3 Jan. 2020 The window was removed and a door lock was punched out, police said. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Zurich police blotter: Palatine man facing DUI, child endangerment charges after traffic stop," 21 Nov. 2019 Scherzer came on for the eighth and punched out Gavin Lux, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson on 14 pitches. Beth Harris, baltimoresun.com, "Nationals hold off Dodgers for 4-2 victory, even NLDS," 5 Oct. 2019 But come apart late The Irish looked hapless and punched out midway through the second half, as Indiana stretched the lead to as much as 17. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Armaan Franklin scores 17 to save IU blushes vs. Notre Dame in Crossroads Classic," 21 Dec. 2019

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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