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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

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
Also featured are two selfie cameras, one on the cover display in a regular punch-out hole and a second under-display camera for the inner display. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 And if that first goal showed off all the speed and skill that Smith possesses, the second one showed off her grit and determination, coming in stoppage time just before halftime, when Smith pushed back a punch-out from Vietnam’s heroic keeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2023
The windows were punched out and then the thieves entered them. Amber Jayanth, The Enquirer, 30 Apr. 2024 Use a cookie cutter to punch out ham snowmen, then cube your bread and bake it into croutons; a perfectly equal cut will always exist (individual snowmen and croutons won’t necessarily be halved, but the total amount of ham and bread will be). Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for punch-out 

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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 19 Jun. 2024.

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