From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthrow a punchthrow a punchHITto try to hit someone with your hand in a fightWe need to sort this out before people start throwing punches. →throw
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throw a punch• Pascoe threw a punch and missed, then threw another and felt the connectiontravel to the point of his elbow.• I saw men in redshirtsthrowing punches at an old man.• Hull were reduced to 12 men on the hour when Mark Jones was sent off for throwing a punch at Gary Tees.• Rogers threw a punch at Martin.• I began to imaginethrowing punches at the Bashers.• Every time he throws a punch, he moves his face.• Foreman, once the World HeavyweightChampion, says 'I never throw a punch in anger.'• I began throwing punches whenever I thought no one was looking.• He elbowed the Saracens number 8, Barry Crawley, who in turn, threw a punch which floored the Gloucester man.• This means that even if the opponentthrows a punch, you will have drawn back and out of range.