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punch out

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punched out; punching out; punches out

intransitive verb

: to record the time of one's stopping work or departure by punching a time clock
: to bail out of an aircraft using an ejection seat

transitive verb

: to beat up

Example Sentences

Verb you should take a course in anger management—you can't go around punching out people
Recent Examples on the Web
Great punch out by linebacker Bobby Okereke to force the fumble against Meyers. Christopher Price, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2022 Every day leading up to Christmas, your giftee can punch out a window and gift his doggie a chew, cookie, or treat flavored with cheese, bacon, chicken, and peanut butter. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 28 Oct. 2022 Use an erasable wax pencil to mark off a pattern on your pumpkin, then use a medium drill bit to punch out your image. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2022 The Patriots will have a powerful 1-2 punch out of the backfield, as Stevenson is in line for a productive season both as a rusher and a pass catcher. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2022 That mark was quickly surpassed with his third offering, a 98.9-m.p.h. fastball for a swing-and-miss to punch out Stanton. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2022 Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon are back to give Denver a 1-2 punch out of the backfield. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 Sep. 2022 Due to this, when the shift ends there’s always a long line of people waiting their turn to punch out. Amy Dickinson, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2022 Due to this, when the shift ends there’s always a long line of people waiting their turn to punch out. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of punch-out was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Punch-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punch-out. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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