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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 combination of rookie Jonathan Taylor, Mack’s replacement, and Nyheim Hines has provided a solid one-two punch out of the backfield. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Colts vs. Bengals live stream (10/18): How to watch NFL Week 6 online, TV, time," 18 Oct. 2020 Keoghan brings out a hokey elimination totem — a giant time clock where the losing contestants must punch out each week. Washington Post, "CBS’s ‘Tough as Nails’ tries to celebrate hard work, but its tough talk smacks of class divide," 7 July 2020 UW-Madison professor Tim Osswald, an expert in polymer engineering, helped select materials and find suppliers, and a local plastics company created a custom die to punch out faceplates more quickly. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Engineers Made a DIY Face Shield. Now It's Helping Doctors," 26 Mar. 2020 Someone had punched out the door lock to get inside the vehicle. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Nearly $50,000 stolen from nursing home: Brook Park Police Blotter," 8 May 2020 Power tools were stolen from two work vans between 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 7:50 a.m. Nov. 29 at Early Times Home Solutions, 960 N. Industrial Dr., after door locks were punched out of both vehicles. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: 6 people charged with DUI in Elmhurst," 6 Dec. 2019 Find My Way’ In which DaBaby eases up on the gas pedal, finds just a touch of melody, and spreads his typical cluster of punches out a little — not a lot, just a little — over an understated and maybe shrug-worthy bit of Nelly-esque production. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Mavis Staples’s Soulful Solidarity, and 10 More New Songs," 3 Apr. 2020 In his first start for the Sox, Hernandez struck out the side in the first inning then punched out Nomar Mazara with a 96-m.p.h. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Darwinzon Hernandez a work in progress — like his team," 12 June 2019 In another metric, Dunn, a lefty who throws a changeup and curveball to go with a fastball that topped out at 85 mph in the playoffs, punched out more than 16 hitters per seven innings pitched. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "Two-way star Dunn takes home Howard County baseball Player of the Year," 17 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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“Punch-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punch-out. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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