punch down

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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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By punching down instead of up, Joke Dar Joke seems to have lost its way and veered into the territory of extremely bad taste.
Joshua had previously struggled with punching down against smaller opponents - his challenger had repeatedly fallen short with the jab because of the size disadvantage he faced - but there was no suggestion that he was about to suffer the most damaging round of his career.
"You lose power because you're punching down and only skim them so you waste a lot of energy.
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"There is a difference between punching up and punching down. One is punching up when making fun of privileged people and punching down is when making a joke about a minor community who cannot defend themselves.
Given Toure is already more loved at the club than Guardiola, punching down from above is hardly going to enhance that status.
"One of them was punching down on my head - I think he stamped on my head.
The problem with Patrick choosing the Texas House as his foil is that he's punching down. Most Texans don't have any idea who House Speaker Joe Straus is and don't know why someone who's supposed to be as powerful as the lieutenant governor is stymied by some dude they've never heard of.
Winemakers can get them in a practically limitless range of sizes--with or without jackets for insulation and cooling, with valves and manways and a variety of attachments that permit stirring, punching down, pumping over and removing seeds.
Keenan was sent-off by Syl Doyle for punching Down's Conor Laverty and Canavan cried foul afterwards.
Inspect vines ready to harvest, help sort berries, then head in to Lynmar Estate's cool gravity-flow winery and caves, where the winemaker will let you try your hand at the harder-than-it-looks Pinot punch-down (assuming the Pinot needs punching down that day).
Fellow Lloyds TSB worker Samantha Rees, who tried to pull Jones off her colleague, told the court: "He was punching down into her face.
This was serious snowpack, about three to five feet deep on the road, but given that it is the late spring, it felt pretty well packed down for walking on top - only an occasional step punching down up to our knees and filling our boots with icy chunks.