Green’s Dictionary of Slang

punch v.

1. [mid-17C; 1940s+] to engage in sexual intercourse.

2. [late 17C–early 19C] to deflower; thus punchable

3. [1930s] (US campus) to give a failing grade.

4. [1940s+] (US Und.) to break open a safe using a steel punch and a hammer to knock out the combination.

5. [1990s+] (US) to accelerate a car.

In derivatives

punchable (adj.)

[late 17C–early 19C] a woman considered ripe for seduction; thus punchable nun n., a prostitute.

In compounds

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

[1940s+] (US) a promiscuous woman; a cheap prostitute.

punch house (n.)

see separate entry.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

punch-on (n.)

[1960s+] (Aus.) a fight, esp. in a street or public house; thus punch-on artist, a street fighter.

punch-out (n.)

see separate entry.

punch-up (n.) [1950s+]

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

2. a beating.

In phrases

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

[2000s] (N.Z.) to defecate.

punch cows (v.)

see separate entry.

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

[1940s+] to arrive at work.

punch it (v.)

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

(a) [late 18C–early 19C; 1970s] (UK/US Und.) to run away, to escape.

(b) [early 19C] to walk, to go.

(c) [1980s] (US campus) to hurry, to make a vehicle go fast.

2. [1970s+] (US gay) to take the passive role in anal intercourse.

punch out (v.)

see separate entry.

punch over (v.)

[2000s] (N.Z.) to beat up, to thrash with the fists.

punch someone’s ticket (v.) (also punch someone’s time-card) [the image of ‘cancelling’ the victim’s life] [1930s+] (US)

1. to murder, to kill.

2. to beat comprehensively.

punch the... (v.)

see also under relevant nouns.

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

[1930s+] (Aus.) to work hard, less from choice than from the desire to make more money.

punch the clock (v.) (also punch a clock) [SE punch + (time)clock]

1. [1910s+] to ‘clock on’ or ‘clock off’ for work.

2. [1930s+] to be employed, to go to work.

3. [1990s+] in fig. use, to die [implies ‘clocking off’ at the end of the day].

punch the wind (v.)

[1920s–30s] (US tramp) to ride on the outside of a train.