punch line

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n punch line the point of a joke or humorous story
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Quotations

  • Monty Python
    Monty Python
    “I don't think there's a punch-line scheduled, is there?”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “An attempt at visualizing the Fourth Dimension: Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the sphere.”

Usage

In literature:

I interrupted myself here, to drop a line to Shirley Brooks and suggest a cartoon for Punch.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
I interrupted myself here, to drop a line to Shirley Brooks and suggest a cartoon for Punch.
"The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 2, 1867-1875" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I interrupted myself here, to drop a line to Shirley Brooks and suggest a cartoon for Punch.
"The Letters Of Mark Twain, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It was a glancing blow just above the water line; it punched a great, jagged hole and gouged out the paint clear to the stern.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
He began to hold back slyly, like a comedian building up the tension before a punch-line.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
He picked up a beading-punch and turned to his own line of industry.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
Frederic Flowers had reached his punch line.
"Subversive" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The poor fellows couldn't punch my head, and it must have been hard lines for them sometimes.
"Fernley House" by Laura E. Richards
Six lines form the standard 36 bit word when reading binary punched eight hole tape.
"Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)" by Digital Equipment Corporation
Sir Stephen gulped down his punch and tried to hum a line of his favourite rhyme.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
Otherwise, I can do as much in the punching line as you can, any day.
"A Mysterious Disappearance" by Gordon Holmes
Only trouble is, the punch line's missing.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
I have the punch line.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
In front of the wheels, in rows and lines, are the huge cast-iron blocks and dies used for punching and pressing by the hydraulic machines.
"Life in a Railway Factory" by Alfred Williams
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In poetry:

Now Yavapai Pete was a cowpuncher neat,
From Arizona's fair clime.
Lived in his saddle and punched most the cattle
From here to the Mexican line.
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Sheen ubiquity brings avalanche of punch lines.
The tales all had the same punch line, according to a person familiar with the dinner: "Either Rahm or Larry would do something horrible, and at the end of the day, Pete would come in to fix it.".
Long a national punch line, this holiday dessert deserves another look.
A video posted on YouTube appears to show a fan punching Washington Huskies player Austin Sefarian-Jenkins at the 45-yard-line after the Huskies lost to the Washington State Cougars 31-28, Nov 23, 2012.
Mickey Rapkin gets to the punch line.
With its deliberate avoidance of punch lines and insistent drift into darkness and disaster, Albert Brooks's 1979 film left audiences baffled when first released.
In pop culture references, Lithuania is often the punch line, a place cited to indicate a bizarre or remote civilization.
At 3-7, the head coach of the Eagles is the punch line of many jokes.
Once an automotive punch line, how has Kia turned itself around so quickly.
Lines drawn in the sand, punch lines, age lines.
Josh Beckett Far From A Punch Line In Fenway Opener.
Cuomo Says New York No Longer A Punch Line .
Calipari's Unfunny 'Joke' Has Telling Punch Line .
Calvert DeForest, advertising punch line By Tim Nudd.
One Man's Pain Is Another's Punch Line .
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In science:

The proof requires a fair amount to technical work to set up a rather short punch line, so we explain the basic idea before we begin.
Crossed products by finite cyclic group actions with the tracial Rokhlin property
The punch line was that neither of these two graphs, each of edge density 1, can be a Posa’s graph G(S ∪ T ).
On a sparse random graph with minimum degree {three}: Likely Posa's sets are large
The suggestive punch line, however, is the counting of degrees of freedom.
M-theory branes and their interactions
Interpreted output is like a comedian repeating the punch line, hoping for an extra laugh.
New Guidelines For Spreadsheets
The punch line is in the following statement: Lemma 6.
Identities for sin(x) that came from medical imaging
The construction of a suitable “first” auxiliary field extension K/Q and then an ample and systematic supply of “second” auxiliary field extensions L/K together with rational points P is the punch line of Kolyvagin’s program.
On the passage from local to global in number theory
One final point before I reach the punch line.
Equilibrium Free Energies from Nonequilibrium Processes
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