punch line

punch line
noun Date: 1921 the sentence, statement, or phrase (as in a joke) that makes the point

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • punch line — n. 1. The final sentence, phrase, or word in a joke or humorous story that is unexpected and produces the humorous effect; the point of a joke. [WordNet sense 1] Syn: laugh line, gag line, tag line. [PJC] 2. Hence: The final sentence, phrase, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • punch line — ☆ punch line n. the surprise line carrying the point of a joke …   English World dictionary

  • punch line — [ pʌntʃ,laın ] noun count usually singular the last few words of a joke, including the part that makes the joke funny …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • punch line — punch′ line n. the climactic phrase or sentence in a joke, speech, or humorous story that produces the desired effect • Etymology: 1920–25, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • Punch line — A punch line is the final part of a joke or comedy sketch, usually the word, sentence or exchange of sentences which is intended to be funny and to provoke laughter from listeners.For instance, in the following well known joke:: A man walks into… …   Wikipedia

  • Punch Line — Surnom de ligne du hockey sur glace Au hockey sur glace, les trois attaquants l ailier gauche, le centre et l ailier droit forment une unité appelé ligne. Depuis les années 1920 où la ligne formée de Bun Cook, Frank Boucher et Bill Cook des… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • punch line — UK / US noun [countable, usually singular] Word forms punch line : singular punch line plural punch lines the last few words of a joke, including the part that makes the joke funny …   English dictionary

  • punch line —    The punch line is the funny sentence that ends a joke or an amusing story.     When my dad tells jokes, he never gets the punch line right! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • punch line — noun The final part of a joke; the word, sentence, or exchange of sentences that is intended to be funny and provokes laughter from the listeners. That was quite a build up for such a puny punch line …   Wiktionary

  • punch line — noun the point of a joke or humorous story • Syn: ↑laugh line, ↑gag line, ↑tag line • Hypernyms: ↑line • Part Holonyms: ↑joke, ↑gag, ↑laugh, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • punch line — n. last line of a joke that provides the humour or climax …   English contemporary dictionary

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