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a nasty wallop

A severe and powerful blow, which may be either dealt or received. I got a really nasty wallop from a two-by-four on the construction site last week. His left hook can deal a nasty wallop if he catches you with it.
See also: nasty, wallop

pack a punch

1. Literally, to be able to strike someone powerfully. For such a scrawny kid, George sure can pack a punch—even the older kids are afraid of him!
2. By extension, to have a powerful effect or impact. I don't like spicy food, so I hope this salsa doesn't pack a punch.
See also: pack, punch

pack a wallop

 and pack a punch
Fig. to provide a burst of energy, power, or excitement. Wow, this spicy food really packs a wallop. I put a special kind of gasoline in my car because I thought it would pack a punch. It didn't.
See also: pack, wallop

pack a punch

Also, pack a wallop.
1. Be capable of a forceful blow; also, deliver a forceful blow. For example, Knowing Bob could pack a wicked punch, they were careful not to anger him, or She swung her handbag, really packing a wallop. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
2. Have a powerful effect, as in That vodka martini packed a wallop. Thomas Wolfe had this figurative usage in a letter (c. 1938): "I think my play, The House, will pack a punch."
See also: pack, punch

pack a punch

INFORMAL
COMMON If something packs a punch, it has a very powerful effect. He is known for designing clothes that really pack a punch. The advert packs a punch with its straightforward, real, no-tricks approach. Note: People also sometimes say that something packs a wallop. Many years after it was made, this movie still packs a wallop.
See also: pack, punch

pack a punch

1 be capable of hitting with skill or force. 2 have a powerful effect.
See also: pack, punch

ˌpack a (hard, etc.) ˈpunch

(informal)
1 be able to hit very hard: He’s a boxer who packs a nasty punch!
2 have a powerful effect on somebody: Their latest advertising campaign packs a hard punch.Don’t drink too much of his home-made beer — it packs quite a punch!
See also: pack, punch

wallop

(ˈwɑləp)
1. n. a hard blow. She planted a hard wallop on his right shoulder.
2. tv. to strike someone or something hard. The door swung open and walloped me in the back.
3. n. influence; pull; clout. I don’t have enough wallop to make that kind of demand.
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The Wearside walloper has a pro record of six victories and one defeat, compared with Perkins who has won all his four fights.
You either look a complete walloper or they simply fall off, leaving you open to the elements.
It was the voice of CYC ocean wallopers, undistilled, without fear or favour, somethingyou can't do in today's litigious world.
Best known for coaching the Wallace Wallopers junior team, as well as high school teams at Notre Dame Prep, Monty Tech, Leominster, North Middlesex and Gardner, Gagnon also helped shape the game of street hockey for over 20 years.
A third and crucial element of partnership that Barry nurtured was with the several organizations for which he worked-the EFDSS, Instep Research Team, the Lancashire Wallopers, the Reading Cloggies, and Manley Morris Men.
The comment section contains the incomprehensible headline 'The spirit must have arrived - even the wallopers have had a Wally Grout'.
She also was a co-owner of Shady Point Beach and Campground and spent many years volunteering for the Lunenburg Hockey Booster Club, the Wallace Wallopers, and Wallace Figure Skating Club.
Since 1972 the local junior hockey name changes have evolved from the Wallace Wallopers, Tyngsboro Huskies and Lowell Junior Lock Monsters to the present New England Huskies.
Fair enough, cries the neutral (bunch of wallopers says the Rangers fan, forgetting the Holland top in his cupboard), they beat them last year and it's a sign of respect.
The Wallace Wallopers, whose alumni includes former U.