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pump priming (informal) the spending of government funds to stimulate private industry.
pun an instance or a variety of word play, often for humorous effect, that is based on a similarity in sound of two or more words or on various meanings of the same word. [4 definitions]
Punch the hook-nosed, humpbacked husband of Judy in the Punch-and-Judy puppet show.
punch1 a hard, quick blow with the fist. [6 definitions]
punch2 a tool or machine used for making small holes or indentations or for impressing a design, as in leather. [3 definitions]
punch3 a sweet drink comprising a mixture of ingredients such as fruit juices, soda, spices, or the like, often with wine or liquor added.
Punch-and-Judy show a puppet show consisting of slapstick humor in which the grotesque and quarrelsome Punch constantly fights with his wife Judy.
punch a time clock to work at a job that requires strict adherence to a certain number of hours to be worked.
punchboard a gambling game consisting of a small board with rows of paper-covered holes that players punch through to find tightly rolled slips of paper bearing prize designations, win or loss information, or the like.
punch bowl a large bowl in which punch, lemonade, or the like is mixed and served, esp. with a ladle. [2 definitions]
punch card a card with a pattern of holes punched in it representing information that can be stored, retrieved, or processed mechanically, electrically, or photoelectrically.
punch-drunk having or showing signs of brain damage, esp. from repeated punches to the head suffered in boxing. [2 definitions]
puncheon1 a cask of varying capacity of approximately eighty gallons or three hundred liters, used for beer, wine, and the like. [2 definitions]
puncheon2 a short, sturdy, upright piece of wood used for framing in constructing a building or the like. [3 definitions]
punch in to record the time of arrival for work, esp. by pressing a card into a device called a time clock.
Punchinello the chief comic character in a traditional Italian puppet show who is the prototype of Punch, or a person resembling this character.
punching bag a stuffed or inflated bag, hung so it swings freely and used for punching practice or exercise, esp. by boxers.
punch line the phrase or sentence that contains the point of a joke.
punch out to record the time of ending work, esp. by pressing a card into a device called a time clock.
punch press a power-driven press used to shape metal by hammering or stamping.
punchy (informal) dazed or confused from, or as though from, repeated punches to the head; punch-drunk.