Punch-and-Judy show
noun Date: 1870 a traditional puppet show in which the little hook-nosed humpback Punch fights comically with his wife Judy

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  • Punch and Judy show — UK [ˌpʌntʃ ən ˈdʒuːdi ˌʃəʊ] US [ˌpʌntʃ ən ˈdʒudi ˌʃoʊ] noun [countable] [singular Punch and Judy show plural Punch and Judy shows] a children’s performance that uses two puppets (=models made of cloth) called …   Useful english dictionary

  • Punch-and-Judy show — [punch΄ən jo͞o′dē] n. a puppet show in which the quarrelsome Punch constantly fights with his wife, Judy, in a comical way …   English World dictionary

  • Punch and Judy show — UK [ˌpʌntʃ ən ˈdʒuːdɪ ˌʃəʊ] / US [ˌpʌntʃ ən ˈdʒudɪ ˌʃoʊ] noun [countable] Word forms Punch and Judy show : singular Punch and Judy show plural Punch and Judy shows a children s performance that uses two puppets (= models made of cloth) called… …   English dictionary

  • Punch and Judy show — [[t]pʌ̱ntʃ ən ʤu͟ːdi ʃoʊ[/t]] Punch and Judy shows N COUNT A Punch and Judy show is a puppet show for children, often performed at fairs or at the seaside. Punch and Judy, the two main characters, are always fighting …   English dictionary

  • Punch and Judy show — Punch and Ju|dy show [ ,pʌntʃ ən dʒudi ,ʃou ] noun count a children s performance that uses two PUPPETS (=models made of cloth) called Punch and Judy who are married and fight a lot …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Punch and Judy show — ➡ Punch and Judy * * * …   Universalium

  • punch-and-judy show — ˈpənchənˈjüdē noun Usage: usually capitalized P&J Etymology: from Punch and Judy, traditional names of the principal characters : a puppet show in which the principal character quarrels with his wife and does various outrageous and tragic things… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Punch-and-Judy show — Punch′ and Ju′dy show n. sbz a puppet show having a plot consisting chiefly of slapstick humor and the tragicomic misadventures of the hook nosed, humpback buffoon Punch and his wife Judy …   From formal English to slang

  • Punch-and-Judy show — /punch euhn jooh dee/ a puppet show having a conventional plot consisting chiefly of slapstick humor and the tragicomic misadventures of the grotesque, hook nosed, humpback buffoon Punch and his wife Judy. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • Punch and Judy show — Punch and Ju|dy show [ˌpʌntʃ ən ˈdʒu:di ʃəu US ʃou] n a traditional type of entertainment for children, especially at British ↑seaside towns, that uses ↑puppets …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Punch and Judy Show — English puppet show starring the cruel husband Punch and his nagging wife Judy (derived from the Italian commedia dell arte) …   English contemporary dictionary

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