punch up


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punch up

1. To produce something on a type writer or computer. A noun or pronoun can be used between "punch" and "up." Stephen, I need you to punch up a letter for me. I just want to punch these notes up in my word processor before I head home.
2. slang To something more dynamic, interesting, exciting, lively, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "punch" and "up." Your writing is quite nice, but you could stand to punch the story up a bit. They really punched up the sequel with a lot of action scenes.
3. slang To make jokes at the expense of a person or group that is in a stronger social, political, or economic position relative to oneself. The comedian suddenly started telling jokes about people in the ghettos, and I got really uncomfortable. Comedians should only punch up, if you ask me.
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punch something up

to register a figure on a cash register or calculator. Jake punched the total up, and the register drawer opened. He punched up the total too carelessly.
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BOSS Stan Ternent today reveals the furious punch ups and rows that have marred his time in football.
When I was a teenager people used to get into punch ups on a Saturday night.
If it's not blood in the bowl from skating, it's blood from punch ups. Pizzey has spilt loads of blood for Mumford over the years, but he just keeps on going back there for more.
No rows, no punch ups, all too civilised for words.
However there were a number of punch ups and in the 37th minute Tadgh Kennelly, who was playing at wing forward, slipped his marker Eamon Breen before being the recipient of a high challenge, from another Finuge defender.
The sheer volume of glass bottles littering the nation's high streets has seen them become a convenient weapon for drunken revellers embroiled in after-hours punch ups.