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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I built the tension, used the pause to enhance the tension before the punch line, and then used the pause again to let the punch line sink in.
The Fox network isn't responding to suggestions that it edit the upcoming crossover episode of 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' to remove a joke where the punch line is 'your sister's being raped' (AP Photo/Fox)
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And when in mid-sentence a word will not come, The punch line is lost when the key word is gone?
Either mundane opener--which in a joke would set up a punch line, which would achieve humor by creating an unexpected turn in the narrative course--could have articulated an action in the script for Terry Chatkupt's new video short Transferase, 2010.
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I think you left out the punch line that here was a pledge, notwithstanding a trust deficit, to work very earnestly to improve relations between Pakistan and India, State Department spokesman P J Crowley said Monday.
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Charles Schulz, the creator of "Peanuts," was going for more than a punch Line when he made Schroeder a Beethoven-obsessed music nerd.
Often used as a punch line, Reagan's screen career was much more than a Bonzo movie; indeed, he was one of the highest-paid actors in the studio system.
Sometimes I think the strip is incomplete and wonder if the punch line will appear in the next day's paper but it's been years and I'm tired of waiting for the punch line.