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: a usually petty gangster, hoodlum, or ruffian
: a punk rock musician
: one who affects punk styles
: of or relating to punk rock
: relating to or being a style (as of dress or hair) inspired by punk rock
: being in poor health
said that she was feeling punk
: wood so decayed as to be dry, crumbly, and useful for tinder
: a preparation (as of a stick of coated wood) that burns slowly and is used to ignite fuses especially of fireworks
Adjective she plays a punk game of tennis, so you won't have any trouble beating her the acting in the movie ranged all the way from poor to punk
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AdjectiveThink of post-punk scrubbed of all darkness, maybe even art: Trademark echoes were offset by a melodicism that veered on loungey, thrift fashion as bubblegum. —Noah Shachtman, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2023 The English post-punk, new wave band aimed to keep ticket costs affordable, with some as low as $20. —Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 Post-punk legends the Cure will bring the Shows of a Lost World Tour, their first full U.S. tour in seven years, to Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, on Thursday, May 18, with the Twilight Sad. —Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 9 Mar. 2023 The Cure will be supported by Scottish post-punk band the Twilight Sad at all shows. —Thania Garcia, Variety, 9 Mar. 2023 The jagged, chaotic, exuberant noise that erupted from their recordings and live performances cemented the band’s place in post-punk legend. —Melissa Giannini, ELLE, 28 Feb. 2023 Wet Leg, with its deadpan wit and post-punk guitar sound, loosely resembles the B-52s, if Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson had led the band. —John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 The guitarist known for his epic, echoing riffs said the post-punk urgency of the originals has been replaced with intimacy, with new keys, new chords, new tempos and even some new lyrics. —Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 11 Jan. 2023 The Dublin fivesome deal in the kind of post-punk fatalism that any fan of Joy Division, Wire, and Gang of Four will recognize, but somehow the misery feels fresh on Skinty Fía. —Leah Greenblatt, Jason Lamphier, EW.com, 9 Dec. 2022
NounThe divorce was finalized in 2011, just two years after the chart-topping pop-punk act went on a multi-year hiatus. —Christian Holub, EW.com, 24 Mar. 2023 Then Pop-punk band Good Charlotte was started by twin brothers Benji and Joel Madden and also included Paul Thomas, Billy Martin and later Dean Butterworth. —Diane J. Cho, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2023 But Les’ vocals are clearer by design, and the music often defaults into trap stomps and emo-punk churn. —Mosi Reeves, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2023 And just to really stick it to the man, the Texas country-punk band Vandoliers performed last week in Tennessee wearing dresses. —Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2023 Anthony adopts the pop-punk production smoothly here, singing about catching feelings as the guitar line bares its teeth leading into a howl of a hook. —Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 6 Mar. 2023 Avril Lavigne’s fashion sense has always perfectly aligned with her pop-punk music: Her wardrobe is all about embodying an edgy, rock and roll attitude. —Christian Allaire, Vogue, 5 Mar. 2023 Futuristic interview:Why one of Arizona's biggest rappers has taken a pop-punk holiday Reach the reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-444-4495. —Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2023 Didn’t the hardcore-punk ethos that these Numero 20 bands once burned into our teenage psyches teach us to never retreat? —Chris Richards, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2023 See More
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