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punch down

1. To push or press something downward with great force or speed. The fighter pilot punched the throttle down, and the jet rocketed forward. I punched down the drill into the brick.
2. To press down firmly in the center of dough with one's fist after it has risen in order to eliminate gas bubbles and redistribute yeast. A noun or pronoun can be used between "punch" and "down." Make sure you punch down your dough before you bake it, or your bread will be full of huge air bubbles when it comes out of the oven. Your dough will end up much tastier if you punch it down after it finishes rising.
3. To break up and submerge the solid mass of grape skins, seeds, and stems (known as the "cap") that rises to the top of wine during the fermentation process. A noun or pronoun can be used between "punch" and "down." A: "I tried making red wine at home, but it tasted pretty weak." B: "You probably forgot to punch down the cap." Punching the cap down will give your wine better color and astringency, not to mention flavor.
4. To insert and secure a copper telecommunication wire into some kind of open-ended connector. A noun or pronoun can be used between "punch" and "down." The phrase can be used in reference to the wire or the connector. You've got to make sure the wire is nice and straight when you go to punch it down. It's clear just from looking at this that whoever installed this thing had no idea how to punch down a patch panel.
5. slang To make jokes at the expense of a person or group that is in a position of social, political, or economic weakness relative to oneself. The comedian suddenly started telling jokes about people in the ghettos, and I got really uncomfortable. Comedians shouldn't punch down, if you ask me.
See also: down, punch

punch something down

to press something down. Punch this lever down and then try to place your telephone call. Punch down this lever and push this button.
See also: down, punch
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From there, he punched down the ground with authority and played late with guides and deflections aplenty on the way to 50 off 103 balls.
Postol, who's taller and rangier than Matthysse, punched down and found angles for his shots.
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But the gulf in class remained and a classic backhand punched down the line soon sealed it.
Mr Smith managed to get up but was punched down to the ground again and his wife was pushed to the floor, fracturing her arm, before Bartlett, of Gwaunmiskin Road, Beddau, and Bevan, of Morland Crescent, also in Beddau, ran off.
Traditionally, the cap is either punched down by hand or by mechanical means (pigeage), or pumped over with must (remontage).
As the sponge rises and fills with gases, it needs to be punctured or punched down to keep it from overtopping the trough.
All four pairs of the Category 6 and Category 5e cables in the MC and ICs are punched down in the Ortronics Clarity 24- or 48-port patch panels for maximum cable connectivity.
The dough is then punched down, reshaped, and transferred to a bowl, covered with a damp towel, and set aside in the refrigerator for several hours (24 hours at most).
All this mechanical and (for most of us) rather sinister area is made bearable by a light court punched down next to the pool that greets visitors at the main entrance.
Secondly, a damning report from an American pathologist claims post-mortem reports reveal that Annie choked only after being beaten and punched down a flight of stairs.
When the rain falls back Snow melts in each footprint, each a wound Punched down to the red clay.
Young's serve continued to falter and although the American made the Scot sweat a little late in the third the gulf in class remained and a classic backhand punched down the line soon sealed it.
An inquest was told that Matthew had been kicked and punched down the stairs.