throw a punch

throw a punch

To deliver or attempt to deliver a punch. The drunk customer tried to throw a punch at the security guard, so he was ejected from the bar. You can't just go into the ring and start throwing punches—you've got to have a bit more skill than that.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

throw a punch

to jab; to punch. She tried to throw a punch at me, but I blocked it. Wilbur threw a punch at the thug.
See also: punch, throw
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

throw a punch

Deliver a blow with the first, as in He was furious enough to throw a punch at the other driver. This term originated in boxing but has been extended to less formal fisticuffs as well. [First half of 1900s]
See also: punch, throw
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

throw a punch

tv. to jab; to punch. She tried to throw a punch at me, but I blocked it.
See also: punch, throw
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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