punch-out

noun
\ ˈpənch-ˌau̇t How to pronounce punch-out (audio) \

Definition of punch-out

 (Entry 1 of 2)

punch out

verb
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 Broncos have a terrific 1-2 punch out of the backfield in Melvin Gordon II and rookie Javonte Williams. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 10 Oct. 2021 Before the season was done, Williams firmly established himself as the primary setup man to closer Josh Hader, forming a 1-2 punch out of the bullpen that regularly locked down victories. Todd Rosiak, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Before the season was done, Williams firmly established himself as the primary setup man to closer Josh Hader, forming a 1-2 punch out of the bullpen that regularly locked down victories. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2021 With 3½ minutes remaining, the Patriots trailing by a point, and the ball at Miami’s 11-yard line, Harris rushed for 2 yards only to have Xavien Howard punch out the ball on the tackle. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2021 Anderson had his strikeout stuff back after failing to punch out a batter in his previous two starts. George Henry, ajc, 11 Sep. 2021 Shivers is back for his senior season to provide the Tigers with a solid one-two punch out of the backfield. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 29 Aug. 2021 Battle to watch: Bigsby and Shivers should provide a strong one-two punch out of the backfield, but Auburn will probably need another back in the rotation to help ease their workloads over the course of a 12-game season. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 31 July 2021 In the dressing room, the strippers covered their scars with powder; blocks away, their faithful customers waited to punch out of straight jobs. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of punch-out

Noun

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1893, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of punch-out was in 1893

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“Punch-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punch-out. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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