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Meaning of “punch” in the English Dictionary

"punch" in British English

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punchnoun

uk   us   /pʌntʃ/

punchverb [T]

uk   us   /pʌntʃ/
  • punch verb [T] (HIT)

B2 to ​hit someone or something with ​your fist (= ​closedhand): He punched him in the ​stomach. mainly US to ​hit with ​yourfingers the ​buttons on a ​phone or the ​keys on a ​keyboard

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  • punch verb [T] (USE TOOL)

to make a ​hole in something with a ​specialpiece of ​equipment: I was just punching ​holes in some ​sheets of ​paper. This belt's too ​big - I'll have to punch an ​extrahole in it.
(Definition of punch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"punch" in American English

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punchnoun

 us   /pʌntʃ/
  • punch noun (HIT)

[C] a ​forcefulhit with a ​fist (= ​hand with the ​fingersclosedtight)
  • punch noun (EFFECT)

[U] the ​power to be ​interesting and have a ​strongeffect on ​people: His ​acting gives the show ​itsemotional punch.
  • punch noun (DRINK)

[C/U] a ​cold or ​hotdrink made by ​mixingfruitjuices, ​pieces of ​fruit, and sometimes ​alcohol: [U] Would you like a ​glass of punch?
  • punch noun (TOOL)

[C] a ​piece of ​equipment that ​cutsholes in a ​material by ​pushing a ​piece of ​metal through it: a ​hole/​leather punch

punchverb [I/T]

 us   /pʌntʃ/
to ​hitforcefully with ​yourfist: [T] She punched the ​pillow, ​trying to ​fluff it up.
  • punch verb [I/T] (CUT HOLE)

to ​cut a ​hole in a ​material by ​pushing a ​piece of ​metal through it: The ​rod came ​loose, punching a ​hole in the ​box.
(Definition of punch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"punch" in Business English

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punchverb [T]

uk   us   /pʌnʃ/
to make a ​hole in something using a ​specialtool or ​machine: I have to punch my ​timecard when I come into ​work every morning.punch a hole in sth They ​brought in a ​team of ​specialists to punch ​holes in the ​steel boiler.
punch above your weight to be ​successful or important in a particular way in spite of not being very ​big: The ​internetoffersopportunities for ​smallbusinesses to punch above their ​weight. It's a ​smallnation that consistently punches above its ​weight in the ​internationalarena.
punch the clock US WORKPLACE to ​record the ​time that you begin and end ​work, especially by using a ​specialmachine to make a ​hole in a ​card: Workers are ​required to punch the ​clock at an ​increasingly early hour.
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(Definition of punch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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