Punch Line Definition

noun
The climactic phrase or statement of a joke, producing a sudden humorous effect.
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Noun

Singular:
punch line
Plural:
punch-lines

Origin of Punch Line

  • punch +"Ž line, probably American. It was probably meant to be likened to a quick, sharp punch.

    From Wiktionary

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