punch up
transitive verb Date: circa 1959 to give energy or forcefulness to <
jokes added to punch up a speech
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  • punch up — ˌpunch ˈup [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they punch up he/she/it punches up present participle punching up past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • punch-up — /punch up /, n. Slang. punch out (def. 2). [1955 60; n. use of v. phrase punch (it) up] * * * …   Universalium

  • punch-up — punch ups N COUNT A punch up is a fight in which people hit each other. [BRIT, INFORMAL] He was involved in a punch up with Sarah s former lover. Syn: brawl …   English dictionary

  • punch-up — [punch′up΄] n. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] Brit. Informal 1. a noisy fist fight; brawl 2. a gang fight; rumble …   English World dictionary

  • punch-up — n BrE informal a fight …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • punch-up — punch′ up n. cvb sts sl. a fistfight; brawl • Etymology: 1955–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • punch-up — ► NOUN informal, chiefly Brit. ▪ a brawl …   English terms dictionary

  • punch up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms punch up : present tense I/you/we/they punch up he/she/it punches up present participle punching up past tense punched up past participle punched up to make information appear on something such as the screen… …   English dictionary

  • punch-up — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms punch up : singular punch up plural punch ups British informal a rough and violent fight …   English dictionary

  • punch-up — noun (C) BrE informal a fight: Two people are to appear in court after a punch up at their London home …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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