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punch (oneself or someone) in

To sign in at one's place of employment at the beginning of a shift or day of work. We'd like to remind all employees that they will not be paid for any work they've done before they punch in. Sarah's going to be a couple of minutes late, so she asked me to punch her in. I keep forgetting to munch myself in when I get into work.
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punch in (something)

To input data (into something) using a keypad or keyboard. Let me just punch in the code for the alarm before we leave. I've been punching in numbers from the survey into a spreadsheet all morning. I keep forgetting to munch myself in when I get into work.
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punch someone in something

to strike someone in some body part. Tony punched Nick in the side. Why didn't you punch that mean guy in the nose?
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punch something in

to crush or smash something in. Who punched the cereal box in? Who punched in the cereal box?
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punch in

to record one's arrival at one's workplace at a certain time. What time did you punch in? I punched in at the regular time.
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punch in

1. Also, punch a or the clock . Check in at a job upon arrival, as in You have to punch in or you won't get paid, or In this office no one has to punch a clock. This usage alludes to the use of a time clock, which has a button an employee punches or strikes to record the time of arrival on a card. [1920s] Also see punch out, def. 1.
2. Keyboard data into a computer, as in He was careful about punching in all the payments. [Mid-1900s]
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punch in

v.
1. To check in formally at a job upon arrival, especially by stamping the arrival time on a timecard: I punched in ten minutes late this morning and the company fired me.
2. To enter some data on a keypad or similar device: I punched in my access code and I was allowed through the door.
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