be punch-drunk(redirected from was punchdrunk)
1. Of a boxer, to be disoriented from a particularly heavy punch or too many blows to the head. That boxer was punch-drunk after being knocked out in the ring—he couldn't even remember his name!
2. To be disoriented from exhaustion. I'm punch-drunk after taking exams all week long. Of course he's punch-drunk—he's been driving for 12 hours straight!
to feel very tired and confused, especially after dealing with a difficult situation
Usage notes: If a boxer (= man who fights as a sport) is punch-drunk, his brain is damaged because he has been hit on the head too much or too hard.Social workers are punch-drunk from the criticism they have received in recent months.