1. to engage in sexual intercourse.
|Works II 97: Shee casts and hammers her wenches into all fashions; shee hath them burnished, pollish’d, punch’d and turnd.Bawd in|
|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.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 106: Then I pissed and punched around the hole / Until I got it open.|
|(con. late 1940s) Tattoo (1977) 437: Yeow. Jack here wants to punch you.|
|(con. 1968) 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.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 285: punch to penetrate with the penis.|
2. to deflower; thus punchable
|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.
|(ref. to 1930s) 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.
|Popular Detective Mar. [Internet] They also took forty grand from the safe which looked like a punch job to [...] the Safe an’ Loft Squad.‘Dying to See Willie’ in|
|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.et al.|
|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.
|Pugilist at Rest 102: Fucking little Jason tells Victoria that Uncle Bob punched the V-12 up to 130 m.p.h.|
|Shame the Devil 21: ‘Punch this motherfucker,’ said Otis. Frank pinned the accelerator.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] He slowed up, slightly allowing the police to gain ground. ‘What the fuck you doin’?’ Punch this shit!’ Egypt urged.|
a woman considered ripe for seduction; thus punchable nun n., a prostitute.
|‘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.|
|‘Rare News for the Female Sex’ in Pepys Ballads (1987) III 184: I’m Punchable ’tis known, my Marygold is blown.|
|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.|
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: punchable [...] a Woman marriageable.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: A girl that is ripe for man is called a punchable wench.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(US) a promiscuous woman; a cheap prostitute.
|Close Quarters (1987) 65: Claymore Face, the platoon punchboard, was there, too.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 100: Most of the young-blood pilgrims down at Rita’s have enjoyed her plenty, calling her the ‘town punchboard’.|
|(con. 1949) Big Blowdown (1999) 152: We’re not talkin’ about five-dollar punchboards here. And none of them were known streetwalkers.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 220: Said girl were ‘liberal cooze.’ Said girls were ‘punchboards out for black stick’.|
see punch n.
see separate entry.
SE in slang uses
(Aus.) a fight, esp. in a street or public house; thus punch-on artist, a street fighter.
|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.|
|Chopper From The Inside 105: I’ve never heard of Al having a punch on without 10 or 12 helpers backing him up.|
|Chopper 4 29: Some of the best punch-on artists in Australia come from Tassie.|
see separate entry.
1. a fight, usu. in the street, a pub etc.
|Bang to Rights 28: The next morning after we had had this little punch up.|
|Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 28: Everybody turns out if there’s a real punch-up with another mob.|
|Daily Mirror 19 Aug. 1: A punch-up involving National Front supporters flared up as the Ladywood by-election result was announced.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 31: What is it this time? The punch-up we had in here Saturday night?|
|Observer Screen 27 June 20: If you’re looking for a punch up, the much anticipated head-to-head [...] is a damp squid.|
|Indep. Mag. 22 Jan. 11: No press wars and no punch-ups.|
2. a beating.
|Look Long Upon a Monkey 190: If, in the punch-up, the law decorated his face, it was jam to explain it away.|
|Crust on its Uppers 24: A right punch-up from the law in a little granite room.|
|It Was An Accident 95: Sooner wait for a punch-up on association down Wandsworth than this.|
(N.Z.) to defecate.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 164: punch out a dark one/a nougat/a steamer To defecate. ANZ.|
see separate entry.
see under gun n.5
to arrive at work.
|in Coast to Coast (1943) 116: Yesterday I was late punching in. They’ll be docking me .|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 131: The bar that usually kept busy until after the good people had punched in for their morning work.|
see knock into the middle of next week under knock into v.
1. in senses of movement [one’s feet ‘punch’ the street].
(a) (UK/US Und.) to run away, to escape.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Bounty of Texas (1990) 212: punch it, v. – to escape.‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy|
(b) to walk, to go.
|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.
|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.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 4: punch it – hurry: We’d better punch it or we won’t make it to class on time.|
|Turning Angel 140: You’re two minutes away, if you punch it.|
2. (US gay) to take the passive role in anal intercourse.
|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.|
see separate entry.
(N.Z.) to beat up, to thrash with the fists.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
see knock someone’s block off under block n.1
1. to murder, to kill.
|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.’.|
|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.|
|Carlito’s Way 75: Sure punched his ticket.|
|Rumble Tumble 124: He got me crooked enough, I could punch his ticket.|
|Cadillac Beach 115: I just know he didn’t drown. Someone punched his ticket.|
|Pain Killers 369: So what are you saying - we punch his ticket?|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] Perhaps I should have punched my own ticket already, ’cause life was a sham.|
2. to beat comprehensively.
|(con. 1949) True Confessions (1979) 185: He beat that colored guy [...] He punched his ticket.|
|(con. WWII) Hollywoodland (1981) 86: This Fresno bunch is cowed. Angel’s been punching the ticket on each of them.|
see also under relevant nouns.
1. (Aus.) to work hard, less from choice than from the desire to make more money.
|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).|
|DSUE (8th edn) 834/1: since ca. 1935.|
|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’.|
2. (Aus.) to check in, to register.
|Leaving Bondi (2013) [ebook] ‘I can punch the bundy at Waverley Police Station on the way up’.|
1. to ‘clock on’ or ‘clock off’ for work.
|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.|
|Main Stem 1: It was [...] dark when I punched the time clock of this damn’ stove factory.|
|New York Day by Day 31 May [synd. col.] He will not have to punch a studio clock.|
|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.|
|Sir, You Bastard 111: A detective [...] can’t punch the clock.|
|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.
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
|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.|
|Cutter and Bone (2001) 10: Hell, he’ll have you punching a clock before the week’s out.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 259: That was a major leap from punching a clock.|
|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].
|Homeboy 109: When they transferred me stateside [...] I wanted to punch the Big Clock.|
(US tramp) to ride on the outside of a train.
|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.|
|‘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.|
|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.|