punch Definition

  • 1a forceful hit with a fist
  • 2a tool used for making holes in materials such as paper or leather
  • 3a drink made from fruit juices and often mixed with alcohol

Using punch: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "punch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He gave the door a punch with his fist.

  • Example

    She punched him in the face.

  • Example

    I need to punch some holes in this paper.

  • Example

    He ordered a fruit punch at the bar.

punch Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with punch

  • pull one's punches

    to hold back or restrain oneself, especially in regards to criticism or physical force


    The coach didn't pull any punches during practice, pushing the team to their limits.

  • roll with the punches

    to adapt to difficult situations and setbacks with resilience and flexibility


    Despite the challenges, she managed to roll with the punches and come out stronger on the other side.

  • to compete or perform at a level higher than expected or typical for one's abilities or resources


    The small startup managed to punch above its weight, securing major clients and funding.

Origins of punch

from Old French 'poinçon', meaning 'pointed tool'


Summary: punch in Brief

The term 'punch' [pʌn(t)ʃ] refers to a forceful hit with a fist, a tool used for making holes, or a fruit juice drink often mixed with alcohol. It can be used in phrases like 'pull one's punches,' meaning to hold back, 'roll with the punches,' meaning to adapt to setbacks, and 'punch above one's weight,' meaning to perform beyond expectations.

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