pull a punch
phrasal see pull punches

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pull a punch — phrasal 1. : to hit an opponent with less than one s full power 2. : to act or express oneself in a cautious or guarded manner : pussyfoot she has pulled no punches in coming directly to the extreme issues involved Sara H. Hay …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull — pull1 W1S1 [pul] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move something towards you)¦ 2¦(remove)¦ 3¦(make something follow you)¦ 4¦(take something out)¦ 5¦(clothing)¦ 6¦(move your body)¦ 7¦(muscle)¦ 8 pull strings 9 pull the/somebody s strings …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pull — 1 /pUl/ verb 1 MOVE STH TOWARDS YOU (I, T) to use your hands to make something move towards you or in the direction that you are moving: Help me move the piano; you push and I ll pull. | pull sth: I pulled the handle and it just snapped off! |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pull punches — also pull a punch phrasal to refrain from using all the force at one s disposal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • punch — punch1 [punch] n. [prob. < var. of ponchon: see PUNCHEON1] 1. a) a tool driven or pressed against a surface that is to be stamped, pierced, etc. b) a tool driven against a nail, bolt, etc. that is to be worked in, or against a pin that is to… …   English World dictionary

  • punch */ — I UK [pʌntʃ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms punch : present tense I/you/we/they punch he/she/it punches present participle punching past tense punched past participle punched 1) to hit someone or something with your fist (= closed hand),… …   English dictionary

  • punch — punch1 puncher, n. /punch/, n. 1. a thrusting blow, esp. with the fist. 2. forcefulness, effectiveness, or pungency in content or appeal; power; zest: a letter to voters that needs more punch. 3. pull punches, a. to lessen deliberately the force… …   Universalium

  • punch — punch1 S3 [pʌntʃ] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(hit)¦ 2¦(make holes)¦ 3¦(push buttons)¦ 4 punch holes in somebody s argument/idea/plans etc 5 punch the air 6 punch somebody s lights out 7 punch the clock 8¦(cattle)¦ Phrasal verbs   …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • punch — I n. blow 1) to deliver, give, land, throw a punch 2) to pull ( soften ) one s punches (also fig.) 3) to roll with a punch 4) a one two; rabbit; solid; Sunday punch 5) a punch in, on, to (a punch in the face; a punch on the nose) misc. 6) to pack …   Combinatory dictionary

  • punch — punch1 [ pʌntʃ ] verb transitive * 1. ) to hit someone or something with your FIST (=closed hand), usually as hard as you can: Two men punched him, knocking him to the ground. She punched her pillow angrily. a ) to press a button or switch: David …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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