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A small, usually rectangular board, used as a game of chance, that contains many holes each filled with a folded slip of paper that when punched out indicates a designated prize, win, or loss.


(Gambling, except Cards) a board full of holes containing slips of paper, used in a gambling game in which a player attempts to push out a slip marked with a winning number


(ˈpʌntʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd)

a small board containing holes filled with slips of paper printed with concealed numbers that are punched out by a player in an attempt to win a prize.
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Noun1.punchboard - a small board full of holes; each hole contains a slip of paper with symbols printed on it; a gambler pays a small sum for the privilege of pushing out a slip in the hope of obtaining one that entitles him to a prize
gameboard, board - a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games; "he got out the board and set up the pieces"
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