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"punch" in British English

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punchnoun

uk   /pʌntʃ/ us   /pʌntʃ/

punchverb [T]

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

B2 to hit someone or something with your fist (= closed hand): He punched him in the stomach.
mainly US to hit with your fingers 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 special piece of equipment: I was just punching holes in some sheets of paper. This belt's too big - I'll have to punch an extra hole 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 forceful hit with a fist (= hand with the fingers closed tight)
  • punch noun (EFFECT)

[U] the power to be interesting and have a strong effect on people: His acting gives the show its emotional punch.
  • punch noun (DRINK)

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

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

punchverb [I/T]

us   /pʌntʃ/
to hit forcefully with your fist: [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   /pʌnʃ/ us  
to make a hole in something using a special tool or machine: I have to punch my time card 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 internet offers opportunities for small businesses to punch above their weight. It's a small nation that consistently punches above its weight in the international arena.
punch the clock US
WORKPLACE to record the time that you begin and end work, especially by using a special machine 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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