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punch line

n.
The climactic phrase or statement of a joke, producing a sudden humorous effect.
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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
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punch′ line`


n.
the climactic phrase or sentence in a joke, speech, or humorous story that produces the desired effect.
[1920–25, Amer.]
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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"
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Translations
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punch line

n (of joke) → battuta finale; (of story) → finale m
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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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Didn't I horn you about punch lines? Didn't I line you up, punch you with my horn?
His instant variety across the news spectrum is truly remarkable, the work of a genius and his punch lines are very amusing.
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.
Although some argue the pulpit is no place for punch lines, Bentley, himself the son of a preacher, believes a little humor can go a long way in drawing people back to church.
The play, starring David Essex, could have probably been adequate entertainment but was badly let down by a sound system which rendered diction, punch lines and actors' efforts at times inaudible and resulted in a major disappointment.
Michael Grade and the World's Oldest Joke (BBC Four, Wednesday, 9pm) | FROM the ever-popular jokes placing blonde-haired women at the punch lines to witty one-liners made popular by the likes of Jimmy Carr, we all need a laugh every now and then - these days more than ever.
No one would have noticed it but eventually it all became apparent that the contest punch lines were copied from Lee Mack, a British comic artist.
From sultry Angelica Panganiban and heartthrob Enchong Dee to Chokoleit's hilarious punch lines, Kapamilya Fiesta was a night to remember
A case in point is "El-Eyada" (The Clinic) which relies on cartoonish sound effects to follow the less-than-weak punch lines.
"My Battery Loves Gin" is a collection of short, to the point jokes and punch lines from author Daniel S.
We struggled to muster a smile at the lifeless punch lines in a misfiring script cobbled together by leading man Adam Sandier, Robert Smigel and Judd Apatow, the creative spark for The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up.