Sense: 1-2, 5-7
|Origin:||Perhaps from Hindi pãc 'five'; because there are five things that go into it.|
|Origin:||Probably from puncheon; POUNCE|
|Origin:||Punch character in children's puppet shows, from Punchinello, probably from Italian dialect polecenella 'little chicken'|
a quick strong hit made with your fist (=closed hand)
The two men started throwing punches (=trying to hit each other).
a strong effective way of expressing things that makes people interested:
30 years after it was written, Orton's 'Entertaining Mr Sloane' still packs a punch.
3 [uncountable and countable]DFD
a drink made from fruit juice, sugar, water, and usually some alcohol:
a glass of hot punch
a metal tool for cutting holes or for pushing something into a small hole
two bad events that happen close together:
A meteorite collided with Earth at the same time, delivering a one-two punch to the magnetic field.
to express disapproval or criticism clearly, without trying to hide anything:
The inquiry report doesn't pull any punches in apportioning blame.
to do or get something before anyone else does:
Hitachi has beaten its competitors to the punch with its new palmtop.
He's as pleased as punch about the baby.