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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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Several then huddle around and rain punches down on another man, as others grapple with them in a bid to stop the fight.
Les Robinson, 82, was in his Willenhall back garden laying turf when a man jumped over his fence and started raining punches down on his face.
But prosecutors dropped charges after they attacked another man and rained punches down on him after knocking him to the ground.
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Middleton then crouched over the felled man and rained punches down upon him - the victim was described as being "obviously unconscious".
He blasted Tamara with the deodorant, twisted her arm behind her back and pinned her to the wall by her throat, raining punches down on her as she desperately cradled baby Calobe.
The 23-year-old flipped and dragged one of the revellers, Darren McKay, out of the flat before raining punches down on his head in a brutal attack.
The 23-year-old flipped and dragged one of the revellers, Darren McKay, out of the flat before reigning punches down on his head in a brutal attack.
Rebecca Trueman rained punches down on Jennie Scho'eld, even after being told she'd suered a previous brain injury.
After raining punches down on Mr Allen in the Eon Lounge at the Ricoh Arena shortly after midnight, Neale also managed to escape the grasp of security guards who had broken up the skirmish before going after his victim again and headbutting him.
At this point, Carter and Moorcroft, who was well known for carrying a flick knife and has previous convictions for being armed, began to rain punches down on the men before stabbing them.
DO views co.uk us at "They went over to help her and people started raining kicks and punches down on them." The PCSO managed to call for back-up and three police cars arrived minutes later to break up the crowd.
The plan was to stay calm and stick to the boxing and throw my punches down the middle."
When fellow shop worker Mohan Ramesh tried to intervene light welterweight Baldwin started raining punches down on him.
Peter Ramsey, 26, rained punches down on his victim and attacked her on her doorstep after she refused a goodnight kiss.