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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PUNCH

This operation is performed by the aid of a punch and die fitted into a screw-press.

This affair had set us drinking, and I got a good deal of punch aboard.

Well, then, I will turn back with you; but the punch will all be gone, mark my words.

But this time the cigar and the punch seemed to fail of their effect.

Carton, still drinking the punch, rejoined, "Why should I be astonished?"

Carton, still drinking the punch, rejoined, "Why should I not approve?"

Why, marry, I can brew a bowl of punch, and I can broil a devilled fowl.

Presently he went into the dockshed on his unending quest of "the punch."

You'll get a punch on the jaw in a minute, young fellow me lad!

Give the Public what it wants; and what the Public wants is punch and go.

WORD ORIGIN

"to thrust, push; jostle;" also, "prod, to drive (cattle, etc.) by poking and prodding," late 14c., from Old French ponchonner "to punch, prick, stamp," from ponchon "pointed tool, piercing weapon" (see punch (n.1)). Meaning "to pierce, emboss with a tool" is from early 15c.; meaning "to stab, puncture" is from mid-15c. To punch a ticket, etc., is from mid-15c. To punch the clock "record one's arrival at or departure from the workplace using an automated timing device" is from 1900. Related: Punched; punching.

Specialized sense "to hit with the fist" first recorded 1520s. Cf. Latin pugnare "to fight with the fists," from a root meaning "to pierce, sting." In English this was probably influenced by punish; "punch" or "punsch" for "punish" is found in documents from 14c.-15c.:

To punch (someone) out "beat up" is from 1971.

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