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pack a punch

Definition of pack a punch in English:

1Be capable of hitting with skill or force: Rosie could pack a hefty punch
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  • It was small, light weight, 5.7mm, not quite an assault rifle but it packed a punch.
  • Hurricane Emily still packs a punch and increases fears about floods in northeast Mexico hours after making landfall.
  • The engine packs a punch, with a retrofit Brabus SB2 power upgrade kit, bumping the power output to 111 bhp.
1.1Have a powerful effect: the Spanish wine packed quite a punch
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  • The show itself also packs a punch, complete with a seven-piece band, special guest guitarist David Lee Murphy, a nine-metre high video screen and state-of-the-art lighting and sound.
  • Whether you're a DVD anorak or not, when you pop a new disc into your DVD player and press ‘Play’ on the remote control, there's no denying that you're looking for a menu screen that packs a punch.
  • This is lighter than most dark beers, almost a deep rouge, but it still packs a punch with its Christmas pudding drenched in sherry aroma (like your Gran use to do).
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