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English definition of “punt”

punt

verb (KICK)    /pʌnt/
[T] (in rugby or American football) to kick the ball after you have dropped it from your hands and before it touches the ground, or (in football) to kick the ball powerfully so that it goes a long wayAmerican footballGeneral terms used in ball sportsRugbyGeneral terms used in ball sports [T] US informal If you punt something, you decide not to do or include it: We were running out of time, so we decided to punt the sightseeing and just go shopping.Refusing and rejecting
(Definition of punt verb (KICK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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