Green’s Dictionary of Slang

punch v.

1. to engage in sexual intercourse.

[UK]J. Taylor Bawd in Works II 97: Shee casts and hammers her wenches into all fashions; shee hath them burnished, pollish’d, punch’d and turnd.
Man of Pleasure’s Illus. Pocket-book n.p.: A tidy lot of men-tailors work here on a new principle, as the men work all the eyelet-holes, and do all the punching and pressing.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 106: Then I pissed and punched around the hole / Until I got it open.
[US](con. late 1940s) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 437: Yeow. Jack here wants to punch you.
[US](con. 1968) W.E. Merritt Where the Rivers Ran Backward 242: I didn’t diddle around with the local stuff. Didn’t even punch on any doughnut dollies. I’m as clean as a boiled rat.
[Aus]B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 285: punch to penetrate with the penis.

2. to deflower; thus punchable

[UK] in Pepys Ballads (1987) III 287: Young Damsels Lamentation: Or, Their Dreadful Outcry Against the Late Punching, which has Crack’d above Four Hundred and Fifty West-Country Maiden-heads.

3. (US campus) to give a failing grade.

[US] (ref. to 1930s) D. Pinckney High Cotton (1993) 37: She remembered very well how upset a cousin was when E.E. Just punched him at Howard University [...] To get punched, back then, meant to receive a failing grade.

4. (US Und.) to break open a safe using a steel punch and a hammer to knock out the combination.

[US]J. Archibald ‘Dying to See Willie’ in Popular Detective Mar. [Internet] They also took forty grand from the safe which looked like a punch job to [...] the Safe an’ Loft Squad.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 166/2: Punch. To burglarize a safe by means of a heavy steel punch and a hammer with which the combination dial is knocked off, and, after the tumblers are lined up, the old-style locking mechanism smashed.
[US]B. Jackson Thief’s Primer 53: Then there is punch or punching. That is when you knock the numbered dial off. There’s a pin in there, and that pin holds the tumblers in position. You knock the pin and the tumblers fall down and the safe will open.

5. (US) to accelerate a car.

[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 102: Fucking little Jason tells Victoria that Uncle Bob punched the V-12 up to 130 m.p.h.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 21: ‘Punch this motherfucker,’ said Otis. Frank pinned the accelerator.
[US]‘Dutch’ ? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] He slowed up, slightly allowing the police to gain ground. ‘What the fuck you doin’?’ Punch this shit!’ Egypt urged.

In derivatives

punchable (adj.)

a woman considered ripe for seduction; thus punchable nun n., a prostitute.

[UK] ‘Young Damsels Lamentation’ in Pepys Ballads (1987) III 287: I am Punchable she cry’d, therefore will not be deny’d; He being willing, for a shilling, readily comply’d.
[UK] ‘Rare News for the Female Sex’ in Pepys Ballads (1987) III 184: I’m Punchable ’tis known, my Marygold is blown.
[UK]N. Ward Compleat and Humorous Account of Remarkable Clubs (1756) 270: The Lady-Abbess of the Brothel-Monastry never wanting [...] Ready-money Chapmen for any of her Punchable Nuns, who had not, as yet, broken the brittle Vow of Female Chastity.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: punchable [...] a Woman marriageable.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: A girl that is ripe for man is called a punchable wench.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

In compounds

punchboard (n.) (also punchcard) [pun on SE punchboard/punchcard]

(US) a promiscuous woman; a cheap prostitute.

[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 65: Claymore Face, the platoon punchboard, was there, too.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 100: Most of the young-blood pilgrims down at Rita’s have enjoyed her plenty, calling her the ‘town punchboard’.
[US](con. 1949) G. Pelecanos Big Blowdown (1999) 152: We’re not talkin’ about five-dollar punchboards here. And none of them were known streetwalkers.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 220: Said girl were ‘liberal cooze.’ Said girls were ‘punchboards out for black stick’.
punch house (n.)

see separate entry.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

punch-on (n.)

(Aus.) a fight, esp. in a street or public house; thus punch-on artist, a street fighter.

[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 89: I could tell he was the veteran of quite a few punch-ons, judging by the marks of past conflict on his face.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper From The Inside 105: I’ve never heard of Al having a punch on without 10 or 12 helpers backing him up.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read Chopper 4 29: Some of the best punch-on artists in Australia come from Tassie.
punch-out (n.)

see separate entry.

punch-up (n.)

1. a fight, usu. in the street, a pub etc.

[UK]F. Norman Bang to Rights 28: The next morning after we had had this little punch up.
[UK]P. Willmott Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 28: Everybody turns out if there’s a real punch-up with another mob.
[UK]Daily Mirror 19 Aug. 1: A punch-up involving National Front supporters flared up as the Ladywood by-election result was announced.
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 31: What is it this time? The punch-up we had in here Saturday night?
[UK]Observer Screen 27 June 20: If you’re looking for a punch up, the much anticipated head-to-head [...] is a damp squid.
[UK]Indep. Mag. 22 Jan. 11: No press wars and no punch-ups.

2. a beating.

[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 190: If, in the punch-up, the law decorated his face, it was jam to explain it away.
[UK]R. Cook Crust on its Uppers 24: A right punch-up from the law in a little granite room.
[UK]J. Cameron It Was An Accident 95: Sooner wait for a punch-up on association down Wandsworth than this.

In phrases

punch a dark one (v.) (also punch a nougat, …steamer)

(N.Z.) to defecate.

[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 164: punch out a dark one/a nougat/a steamer To defecate. ANZ.
punch cows (v.)

see separate entry.

punch in (v.) [the punching of a time clock]

to arrive at work.

[Aus]G. Farwell in Coast to Coast (1943) 116: Yesterday I was late punching in. They’ll be docking me .
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 131: The bar that usually kept busy until after the good people had punched in for their morning work.
punch it (v.)

1. in senses of movement [one’s feet ‘punch’ the street].

(a) (UK/US Und.) to run away, to escape.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 212: punch it, v. – to escape.

(b) to walk, to go.

[UK]D. Haggart Autobiog. 48: I will punsh outsides with your nibs, but not with that gloach.

(c) (US campus) to hurry, to make a vehicle go fast.

[US]S. Ace Stand On It (1979) 257: He was punching it as hard as he could [...] and the little, teeny engine was having the time of its life.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 4: punch it – hurry: We’d better punch it or we won’t make it to class on time.
[UK]G. Iles Turning Angel 140: You’re two minutes away, if you punch it.

2. (US gay) to take the passive role in anal intercourse.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 112: Most hustlers claim they protect their manhood [...] Others, however, pack or punch it which is complete acceptance of the customer’s cock anally.
punch out (v.)

see separate entry.

punch someone’s ticket (v.) (also punch someone’s time-card) [the image of ‘cancelling’ the victim’s life] (US)

1. to murder, to kill.

[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 185: ‘They punched my ticket,’ Monk whispered, his voice hissing and crackling like waxed paper, ‘and I’m just about to my station.’.
[UK]K. Mackenzie Living Rough 69: Aw, pipe down there, Greasy [...] or you’ll be having St. Peter punch your ticket in a few minutes if I wind in on you.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 75: Sure punched his ticket.
[US]J. Lansdale Rumble Tumble 124: He got me crooked enough, I could punch his ticket.
[US]T. Dorsey Cadillac Beach 115: I just know he didn’t drown. Someone punched his ticket.
[US]J. Stahl Pain Killers 369: So what are you saying - we punch his ticket?
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] Perhaps I should have punched my own ticket already, ’cause life was a sham.

2. to beat comprehensively.

[US](con. 1949) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 185: He beat that colored guy [...] He punched his ticket.
[US](con. WWII) T. Sanchez Hollywoodland (1981) 86: This Fresno bunch is cowed. Angel’s been punching the ticket on each of them.
punch the... (v.)

see also under relevant nouns.

punch the bundy (v.) [ety. unknown]

(Aus.) to work hard, less from choice than from the desire to make more money.

[Aus]G.W. Turner Eng. Lang. in Aus. and N.Z. 108: Some slang seems to be better known in New South Wales [...] punch the bundy ‘clock in at work’ (from the name of the manufacturer of the clock).
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 834/1: since ca. 1935.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 42: Punch the bundy: Literally to arrive at work on time and check in at one’s appointed hour. However, in popular parlance punching the bundy meant that one was unwillingly doing a lot of ‘hard graft’ in an effort to ‘make a quid’.
punch the clock (v.) (also punch a clock) [SE punch + (time)clock]

1. to ‘clock on’ or ‘clock off’ for work.

A.M. Drake Vial of Vishnu 323: Come in in the morning, punch the clock; go out to lunch, punch the clock; come in from lunch, punch the clock [...] Well, you see, besides punching the clock, every man working in one of those big shops has a time ticket.
[US]W. Edge Main Stem 1: It was [...] dark when I punched the time clock of this damn’ stove factory.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 31 May [synd. col.] He will not have to punch a studio clock.
S. Aleichem Adventures of Mottel 283: That’s what is called ‘punching the clock.’ The card says the exact hour and minute you’ve come. Then comes the foreman and checks your card.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 111: A detective [...] can’t punch the clock.
Solomon & Tytell Emergency Messages 85: The work day begins with punching the clock.
CIO Mag. 15 Dec. 22/3: Swiping the card is now the Information Age equivalent of punching the clock for hourly employees.
Indianapolis Monthly Apr. 137/1: I ran into the parking lot without punching the clock— something I knew might get my pay docked.

2. to be employed, to go to work.

[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 219: One day we were punching the clock out on a job on the West Side and as we were taking the bartender to the back to lock him up, he dashed up a stairway leading to an upstairs apartment.
[US]N. Thornburg Cutter and Bone (2001) 10: Hell, he’ll have you punching a clock before the week’s out.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 259: That was a major leap from punching a clock.
[US]J. Stahl I, Fatty 250: Did I enjoy punching the clock as a nameless director?

3. in fig. use, to die [implies ‘clocking off’ at the end of the day].

[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 109: When they transferred me stateside [...] I wanted to punch the Big Clock.
punch the wind (v.)

(US tramp) to ride on the outside of a train.

[US]J. London Road 132: The pilot of the head engine, because it ‘punched the wind’ I knew would be too cold; so I selected the pilot of the second engine, which was sheltered by the first engine.
[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 459: Punch the wind, To ride a train in a position where the full force of the wind strikes one.
[US]G. Milburn Hobo’s Hornbook xix: Crowded in this small space on the forward truck (on the rear truck he must ‘punch the wind’) the passenger stiff rides. [Ibid.] 242: ‘The Boomer’s Blues’: Mob up and flop down around me, / Punch wind with an old-time ’bo.