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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


you should take a course in anger management—you can't go around punching out people

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Only Greg Allen and Jason Kipnis did not punch out against Verlander, who operated with supreme feel for his slider against a lefthanded-heavy order. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander shines as Astros shut out Indians," 30 July 2019 The offense punched out 16 hits and was paced by the homerun power of Edwin Meze and Raul Ascanio. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Federal League winds down regular baseball season," 24 July 2019 Mohammed Alhoty, owner of Rovente, said surveillance video showed the man imitating pointing a rifle at the employees and at least one customer and later punching out a window. oregonlive.com, "St. Helens man accused of yelling slurs, threats in Portland pizzeria," 25 July 2019 However, with runners on second and third and two outs, Curtis Granderson was punched out by plate ump D.J. Reyburn on a pitch that looked to be high. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Ex-Marlins prospect Paddack stifles Miami, Padres hang on to even series," 18 July 2019 But an astronaut famed for once punching out a Moon landing conspiracy theorist is not going down without a fight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Buzz Aldrin is looking forward, not back—and he has a plan to bring NASA along," 9 July 2019 In the playoffs, Dunn held Atholton to one hit and punched out 10 in four innings of a 2-0 loss. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "Two-way star Dunn takes home Howard County baseball Player of the Year," 17 June 2019 But the right-hander punched out Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson to end the fifth, then whiffed Evan Longoria to end the sixth and put an exclamation point on his scoreless performance. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies use clutch start by Jon Gray, David Dahl’s long ball to beat Giants in series opener," 24 June 2019 After Davis was punched out, Piscotty followed with an inning-ending grounder. Joey Johnston, The Mercury News, "Anderson’s dazzling starting debut spoiled in A’s loss," 10 June 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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