punch line


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punch line

n.
The climactic phrase or statement of a joke, producing a sudden humorous effect.

punch line

n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the culminating part of a joke, funny story, etc, that gives it its humorous or dramatic point

punch′ line`


n.
the climactic phrase or sentence in a joke, speech, or humorous story that produces the desired effect.
[1920–25, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.punch line - the point of a joke or humorous story
gag, jape, jest, joke, laugh - a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; "he told a very funny joke"; "he knows a million gags"; "thanks for the laugh"; "he laughed unpleasantly at his own jest"; "even a schoolboy's jape is supposed to have some ascertainable point"
line - text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen; "the letter consisted of three short lines"; "there are six lines in every stanza"
Translations
pointa
pointe
csattanópoén
lokasetning í skrÿtlu
clou
can alıcı son cümleesprili nokta

punch line

n (of joke) → battuta finale; (of story) → finale m

punch2

(pantʃ) verb
to hit with the fist. He punched him on the nose.
noun
1. a blow with the fist. He gave him a punch.
2. the quality of liveliness in speech, writing etc.
ˈpunch-drunk adjective
(of a boxer) dizzy from being continually hit.
ˈpunch line
the funny sentence or phrase that ends a joke. He always laughs before he gets to the punch line.
ˈpunch-up noun
a fight (using fists).
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The revised punch line emphasizes the changes in the accounting profession that have taken place since the 1970s and 1980s.
Scientists who looked at the way the brains of both sexes respond to humour found that joke punch lines deliver a bigger hit in women.
Perhaps it was because he could punctuate any story you told with a great punch line or an even greater laugh at your punch line.
But in these recent late-night-TV jokes, there's a punch line to be found, and a point to be made, from almost any headline.
Microsoft's lawyers often meandered off into baffling digressions, like joke tellers who never get to the punch line," writes Auletta.
It sure did and Punch Line made his return at Belmont Park on July 3.
The punch line in this joke, "Of course," suggests that at least one member of the family is heterosexual, but it turns out not to be the case, for the member of the family that likes women is a woman, and thus the family remains firmly homosexual.
A lot of customers out there need help with their sex drive, and they expect us to provide the help," the New York Daily News quoted Marlon Edwards, the manager of Punch Line Juice Bar in Crown Heights, as saying.
This time the punch line to a "cheesy" joke: "What do you put on your sandwich during rush hour?
No one was ever credulous enough to that that "compassionate conservatism" was more than a punch line to a nasty Orwellian joke.
Think of the funniest punch line you can for any of these cartoons, and send it to us.