Definition of “punch” - English Dictionary

“punch” in British English

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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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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/

punch verb [ I/T ] (HIT)

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)