\ 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 One victim tried to roll up the window and Harris punched out the window, according to deputies. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Summit County Sheriff’s Office searching for man accused of robbing five people at gunpoint," 5 Nov. 2019 The driver’s side window on Oct. 17 was punched out on a Kia Sorrento parked in the 2500 block of 73rd Avenue. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Elmwood Park, River Grove police: man charged with felonies after laundry room coin heist," 25 Oct. 2019 Jonathan Loaisiga punched out five in two innings, and Chad Green struck out the side in the ninth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stanton homers, Paxton wins 10th straight as Yanks top Jays," 21 Sep. 2019 Their return gives the Hawkeyes a formidable one-two punch out of the backfield. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 27 Iowa will try to capitalize on experienced offense," 29 July 2019 But the writers said the diversion took the punch out of the climactic fight, so the scene was cut. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "7 Insane Scenes That Wound Up Getting Cut From Avengers: Endgame," 19 July 2019 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

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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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