• Mr. Punch volume twenty five
    Mr. Punch volume twenty five
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v punch deliver a quick blow to "he punched me in the stomach"
    • v punch make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation "perforate the sheets of paper"
    • v punch drive forcibly as if by a punch "the nail punched through the wall"
    • n punch (boxing) a blow with the fist "I gave him a clout on his nose"
    • n punch a tool for making holes or indentations
    • n punch an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
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Cartoon--Mr. Punch Cartoon--Mr. Punch
Punch's medals Punch's medals

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The little circles of paper that are cut out after a paper has been punched by a hole puncher are called "chad."
    • n Punch A beverage composed of wine or distilled liquor, water (or milk), sugar, and the juice of lemon, with spice or mint; -- specifically named from the kind of spirit used; as rum punch claret punch champagne punch, etc.
    • Punch A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
    • Punch A short, fat fellow; anything short and thick. "I . . . did hear them call their fat child punch , which pleased me mightily, that word being become a word of common use for all that is thick and short."
    • n Punch A thrust or blow.
    • Punch A tool, usually of steel, variously shaped at one end for different uses, and either solid, for stamping or for perforating holes in metallic plates and other substances, or hollow and sharpedged, for cutting out blanks, as for buttons, steel pens, jewelry, and the like; a die.
    • Punch (Pile Driving) An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.
    • Punch One of a breed of large, heavy draught horses; as, the Suffolk punch .
    • n Punch The buffoon or harlequin of a puppet show.
    • v. t Punch To perforate or stamp with an instrument by pressure, or a blow; as, to punch a hole; to punch ticket.
    • v. t Punch To thrust against; to poke; as, to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When George Washington ran for the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1757, he was accused of trying to win votes by plying voters with 28 gallons of rum, 50 gallons of rum punch, 46 gallons of beer and 34 gallons of wine.
    • punch To make a hole or holes in with a punch or some similar instrument; pierce; perforate: as, to punch a metal plate.
    • punch To make with or as with a punch: as, to punch a hole in something.
    • n punch A tool the working end of which is pointed, blunt, a continuous edge inclosing an area, or a pattern in relief or intaglio, and which acts either by pressure or percussion (applied in the direction of its longitudinal axis) to perforate or indent a solid material, or to drive out or in objects inserted in previously formed perforations or cavities. The pointed punch may be regarded as a chisel with a very narrow edge, cutting, therefore, in one point only, and forcing adjacent parts of the material asunder by a wedge-like action. The action of a punch with a continuous edge inclosing an area is also analogous to the action of a chisel. The action of a flat-nosed punch, when used with a die to which it is fitted, is that of a shear-blade, the parts of the material operated upon being separated by sliding over each other, instead of being wedged apart, as is the operation of the pointed punch. Hardened and tempered steel is the usual material of which punches are made. Solid punches with engraved faces are used for stamping-dies, as in coining, and with plain flat faces are used in connection with accnrately fitted dies for making clean-cut holes in metal plates, and also for punching out blanks for buttons, coins, small gear-wheels, etc. Hollow punches, or punches having continuous edges inclosing an area, are principally used for cutting either very thin, soft sheet-metal, as tin, brass, or copper plates, or other soft flexible substances, as leather, paper, or cloth. The pointed punch is used for marking centers in the operation of turning, or for punching holes in thin materials where clean cutting is of no importance, as in punching holes in sheet-zinc or -tin for the reception of nails in nailing such sheets to wood.
    • n punch A tool used to force nail-heads below the surface.
    • n punch A stone-masons' chipping-tool; a puncheon.
    • n punch In surgery, an instrument used for extracting the stumps of teeth.
    • n punch In decorative art, a tool in the form of a bar, sometimes fitted with a handle and engraved at the end in a cross, concentric ring, or other device. It is used for impressing ornamental patterns upon clay or other plastic materials.
    • n punch The engraved model of a printing-type on the end of a steel rod: so called from its being punched in a copper bar which makes the matrix, or a reversed impression of the model.
    • n punch In carpentry, studding by which a roof is supported.
    • n punch In hydraulic engineering, a short length placed on the top of a pile to permit the monkey of a piledriver to bear upon it when it has been driven too low to be struck directly; a dolly.
    • n punch In coal-mining, same as pout.
    • n punch A punch operated by the rolling action of two levers on one fulcrum, forming a toggle.
    • punch Same as punish.
    • punch To give a blow, dig, or thrust to; beat with blows of the fist: as, to punch One on the head, or to punch one's head.
    • n punch A blow, dig, or thrust, us with the fist, elbow, or knee: as, to give one a punch in the ribs or a punch on the head.
    • punch Short and fat.
    • n punch A short, fat fellow.
    • n punch A short-legged, barrel-bodied horse, of an English draft-breed.
    • n punch A short humpbacked hook-nosed puppet, with a squeaking voice, the chief character in a street puppet-show called “Punch and Judy,” who strangles his child, beats his wife (Judy) to death, belabors a policeman, and does other tragical and outrageous things in a comical way.
    • n punch A drink commonly made with wine or spirits, and either water or some substitute, as a decoction of tea, and flavored with lemon-juice or lemon-peel and sugar. Punch is usually named from the alcoholic liquor which it contains, as brandy-punch, claret-punch, rum-punch, but sometimes also from other ingredients, as milk-punch, tea-punch, or from some person or circumstance, as Regent's punch, Swedish punch, Webster punch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original IBM punch-card is the same size as a Civil War era dollar bill.
    • n Punch punsh contr. of Punchinello, a humpbacked, hook-nosed puppet with a squeaking voice, one of the two main actors in the street puppet-show 'Punch and Judy:' or the London Charivari, the chief illustrated English comic journal (begun 17th July 1841).
    • adj Punch punsh (prov.) short and fat
    • n Punch a short and fat man: a short-legged, round-bodied horse
    • n Punch punsh a drink of five ingredients—spirit, water, sugar, lemon-juice, and spice
    • v.t Punch punsh to prick or pierce with something sharp or blunt: to make a hole in with a steel tool
    • n Punch a tool either blunt, or hollow and sharp-edged, for stamping or perforating: a kind of awl
    • v.t Punch punsh to strike or hit: to beat with the fist, as one's head
    • n Punch a stroke or blow with the fist, elbow, &c
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  • Monty Python
    Monty Python
    “I don't think there's a punch-line scheduled, is there?”
  • Edward Rowland Sill
    Edward Rowland Sill
    “At the punch-bowl's brink, let the thirsty think, what they say in Japan: first the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man!”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
    “At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.”
  • Edward Koch
    Edward Koch
    “You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.”
  • Jools Holland
    Jools Holland
    “Naggers always know what they are doing. They weigh up the risks, then they go on and on and on until they get what they want or until they get punched.”
  • Proverb
    “The Irish ignore anything they can't drink or punch.”


Beat to the punch - If you beat someone to the punch, you act before them and gain an advantage.
Pleased as punch - When someone is pleased as punch, they are very satisfied about something
Pull no punches - If you pull no punches, you hold nothing back.
Pull your punches - If you pull your punches, you do not use all the power or authority at your disposal.
Punching bag - A punching bag (or punch bag) is a person who gets a lot of unfair criticism.
Roll with the punches - If you roll with the punches, you are flexible and able to adapt to difficult circumstances.
Take a punch - If somebody takes a blow, something bad happens to them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. pānch, five, Skr. pa,can,. So called because composed of five ingredients, viz., sugar, arrack, spice, water, and lemon juice. See Five


In literature:

He'd punch his face in, he would!
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Madame Renault was making tea and coffee, and punch too.
"The Man With The Broken Ear" by Edmond About
A girl can punch any kind of a button a man can, and a lot of them knew what buttons to punch, and why.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
Lola punched breakfast orders for them both.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
I'd lay she'd punch the breeze like a coyote ef he'd make up to her.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
Whatever becomes of correspondents, Punch never resigns and never dies.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
I say: that punch with the left!
"Burr Junior" by G. Manville Fenn
I have got poor Punch here.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
Mihul crossed the hall, went into her apartment, locked the door behind her and punched a shield button.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Punch, Punch, what a consummate idiot you have been.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

At punching oxen you may guess
There's nothing out can "camp" him:
He has, in fact, the slouch and dress
Which bullock-driver stamp him.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
My heart stood still in a nameless chill,
As I saw you stride away,
For fair girls' smiles, and punch bowl's wiles,
Both by your roadside lay.
"The Song Of The Sandwich" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
They hae gard fill up ae punch-bowl,
And after it they maun hae anither,
And thus the night they a' hae spent,
Just as they had been brither and brither.
"Jock O The Side" by Andrew Lang
"I wondered what on earth they were,
That looked all head and sack;
But Mother told me not to stare,
And then she twitched me by the hair,
And punched me in the back.
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
"We had a big langouste for lunch.
I almost ate the whole of it.
And now I'll smoke and read my Punch,
And maybe siesta a bit;
And then I'll plunge into the sea
And get an appetite for tea."
"Lobster For Lunch" by Robert W Service
Fiercely, they swung the left and right,
With punch and bash and clout:
Each grimly hopeful that he might
Secure the glad knock-out.
And, as they watched the "claret" spurt,
The crowd feared someone might be hurt.
"Averted Violence" by C J Dennis

In news:

Betsy Kepes reviews Wild Punch, Lea's book of linked short stories.
Insufficient evidence to criminally charge man who punched Ryan Hess the night of his death.
Former "Lost" star punched "my crotch and breast".
There are few exercises that pack as much punch as the deadlift .
This is a very Harry Potter -like story, and, even though as a writer I shouldn't telegraph my punches, I'll go ahead and tell you that it has a happy ending.
Any storm can land a knockout punch: Jarvis DeBerry .
Try to ID these characters based on the holes they've punched.
Punching In A Dream The Naked And Famous Listen Live.
You could call it the "punch heard round the world.".
Don't worry, these eggs aren't green, but they do pack a mean punch.
Direct Mail Packs a Big Punch.
Punch up your Microsoft Office 2010 Word skills by mastering these 10 tricks and features.
Disc jockey reports punch at party.
Big punches from a pet, a pie and a downpour .
A pie-thrower tried to pack quite a punch against media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

In science:

Blazar observations have been a top priority for VHE astrophysics ever since the discovery of TeV emission from Mrk 421 (Punch et al. 1992).
VHE astrophysics: recent developments
Additionally, the TCMT will provide valuable insights into hadronic leakage and punch-through from thin calorimeters and the impact of the coil in correcting for this leakage.
CALICE Report to the Calorimeter R&D Review Panel
By changing variable: z = e−(t+is) , the strip [0, ∞) × S 1 goes to a punched disc.
Test configurations and Geodesic rays
Geodesic ray represents a degeneration of K¨ahler metrics along a punched disc.
Test configurations and Geodesic rays
To see this, one restrict the metric Ω + idz ∧ d ¯z to the punched part M − M0 .
Test configurations and Geodesic rays