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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PUNCH UP

I suppose they have them rigged up so they can punch up anything they like.

We'd stick holes and plant corn and when it come up we'd punch up the dirt round it.

I hed been prutty posperous,—hed got past hevin' to ride in a caboose 'nd git out at every stop to punch up the steers.

Punch up the men a little in the matter of cultivating cleanly habits, etc.

I slapped another evasion pattern into the controls, a standard set, I had no time to punch up an improvisation.

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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