pack a punch


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pack a punch

, pack it in - Pack a punch is of U.S. origin from the 1920s, as is pack it in.
See also related terms for punch.
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"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." As children, most of us recited this rhyme and hoped it would pack a punch or, better yet, deter a punch.
Charlotte Irby, "Words pack a punch in online job recruiting," Monthly Labor Review, U.S.
The good news is today's bows and crossbows pack a punch. The bad news is today's bows and crossbows pack so much of a punch that pulling arrows from some targets can be a real chore.