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

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 rookie right-hander blew through the heart of the Chicago Cubs order, striking out Javier Báez with a 97-mile per hour fastball, punching out Kris Bryant with a 99-mile per hour fastball, and inducing a weak groundout from Anthony Rizzo. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants reliever thrust into spotlight, expecting ‘outrageous’ cheering section in St. Louis," 2 Sep. 2019 But Minnesota United’s goalie dove to the right to punch out Ziegler’s low shot. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Late drama gives Minnesota United a 1-0 win over FC Dallas," 13 July 2019 The prosecutor alleges that Lopez, upon waking to find the condo ablaze around 3:15 a.m., went past the children’s bedrooms on his way down the stairs and punched out a first-floor window to try to escapethe flames. Pomerado News, "Father convicted for Rancho Bernardo fire that killed two children," 16 Sep. 2019 Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters catches a third strike as home plate umpire Jordan Baker punches out the batter. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Will Baseball Surrender to the Robots?," 16 Aug. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of punch-out was in 1893

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