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punch

(pŭnch),
An instrument for making a hole or indentation in some solid material or for driving out a foreign body in such material.
[L. pungo, pp. punctus, to stick, to punch]

punch

An instrument for making a small circular hole in material or tissue, esp. the skin.

punch

a metal, rodlike instrument with one pointed or cavitied end and one propulsion end to be pushed hard with the palm of the hand or driven with a hammer in order to drive a hole or to excise a small round piece of tissue.

punch biopsy
a circular piece of skin excised by a hand driven biopsy punch. See also keyes punch.
dental punch
has a slight cavity at the end so that the tooth to be driven will seat into the end and not slip off.
punch graft
see punch graft.
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So even though Richard Hammond, pictured, thinks he's breaking new ground here, as he dangles a bucket off a helicopter, he was beaten to the punch by Operation Cloud Lab back in the summer.
Pushing hard to be England's first-choice left-back GIBBS hf 7 Beaten to the punch by Mitrovic on visitors' last-gasp equaliser MERTESACKER l 6 Took some heavy punishment, and still looking for top form RAMSEY Tpl 6 Got forward well and defended resolutely.
But it was beaten to the punch by United Airlines which said it was offering all-inclusive, advance purchase return Sydney-Los Angeles business class fares from $6876 USD and Melbourne-Los Angeles from $6859 USD.
Lancome, which planned to launch its mascara in late February, was beaten to the punch, but still benefited from consumers who quickly added their names to a waiting list.
The former Bolton boss is also maintaining his interest in Tal Ben-Haim, whom he tried to sign on a free transfer from his old club during the close-season, but was beaten to the punch by Chelsea.
Jackson started Sasha Vujacic in Walton's place but the Lakers were beaten to the punch by Portland, which scored 15 unanswered points in the first quarter.
He had spells on the front foot and was still repeatedly beaten to the punch.
He was beaten to the punch throughout and never mounted a serious attack.
Wigan are also believed to be in the running to sign Milner and the danger is that Villa could be beaten to the punch for a player they believed they had all but signed.
Malcolm Hepworth, chief operating officer for retail, admitted that, for once, it had been beaten to the punch on Aberness.
Building upon the wealth of experience they gained at the Film Board, the directors and writers behind these production companies had just began to consider the possibilities of dramatic filmmaking when they were beaten to the punch.
Waldmeir was beaten to the punch by two books whose authors were somewhat closer to the events at hand, former Rand Daily Mail editor Alisdair Sparks's 1995 Tomorrow Is Another Country (a sequel to his excellent 1990 history, The Mind of South Africa) and Nelson Mandela's own 1994 Long Walk to Freedom.