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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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Never one to hold back from sharing his views, Chubby will air his Don't Get Fit, Get Fat show - and promises to turn headlines into punch lines as his trademark lines into punch lines as his trademark banter sails as close to the mark as ever.
Sex and the City funciono en la television durante seis temporadas gracias a dos virtudes: primera, que sus guiones cristalizaban en torno a una metafora central que comunicaba todas las subtramas y se filtraba aun al nivel de los punch lines.
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.
The selection included ten "joke" paintings, their punch lines silk-screened on uninflected monochrome canvas, woven through cartoonish sketches, or drippily stenciled on somber neutral backgrounds; a few ink drawings, redrawn from the New Yorker; one "nurse" painting; and seven color photos from the "Upstate" series, 1995-99, most depicting a neglected item of suburban banality--an aboveground swimming pool, a basketball hoop, a median divider.
Words that show up in spelling bees are often absurdly arcane, and when contestants ask to hear them used in a sentence, it's the perfect setup for incongruously adult punch lines.
As we document in "Rand-O-Rama," she casts a long shadow, not simply providing punch lines for South Park but infusing such recent movie hits as The Incredibles with what a Times reviewer called "a disdain for mediocrity.
But could I just say that the two old biddies behind us wasted the play by giving the punch lines and finishing the jokes before the cast.
DEPUTY Prime Minister John Prescott's ongoing battle with the English language is celebrated in a new book, Punch Lines.
If novelty outshone craftsmanship, the most effective of the works employed either visual punch lines or repetition to make an impression, while several of the short works served to frame some terrific dancing.
I don't agree with all the particulars, and don't want to spoil his punch lines.
Thus, jokes, since they have punch lines, contain information.