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be punch-drunk

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!
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He said workers, who have fended off the closure of the plant, are rarely surprised by bad news now, but, like a boxer in a ring feel "punchdrunk" due to uncertainty around their jobs.
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