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punt1

Syllabification: punt
Pronunciation: /pənt
 
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noun

A long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat, square at both ends and propelled with a long pole, used on inland waters chiefly for recreation.
Example sentences
  • I had no oars because I thought I could propel the punt with a primitive sail that I had assembled.
  • A passerby on shore heard the cries for help, broke a window in a yacht club, grabbed a pair of oars, slipped a punt in the water and rowed out to where he heard the shouting.
  • Where once the harbour might have had a currach or two tied up, the inlet is now festooned with yachts and dinghies and motor boats and punts of all shapes and sizes.

verb

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Travel or convey in a punt.
Example sentences
  • A flight in the vintage aircraft was one treat, with a punt down the Thames at Henley, then a restaurant meal to follow.
  • Although I started off learning to use a centre pin with my Grandfather from the bank, I gained a lot of experience trotting from a punt on the tidal Thames.
  • Those pungent orangewood sticks push back encroaching cuticles, punts through muddy water.

Origin

Old English, from Latin ponto, denoting a flat-bottomed ferryboat; readopted in the early 16th century from Middle Low German punte or Middle Dutch ponte 'ferryboat', of the same origin.

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  • A flat-bottomed boat, a long kick, and a bet have little in common, and most dictionaries class punt as three separate words. The kind of boat you propel with a long pole is from Latin ponto, which meant ‘flat-bottomed ferry boat’ and is also the source of pontoon, a vessel used to support a temporary bridge or landing stage ( see also pontiff). The punt that is a bet is a much later word, from the early 18th century and coming from French ponte or Spanish ponto ‘point’. In English it first referred to a person playing a card game. Punter, ‘a person who gambles’, is from this word—the sense ‘a customer or client’ first appeared as recently as the 1960s. Punt meaning ‘a long kick’ is first recorded in the rules of football at Rugby School, home of rugby, in 1845, only 20 or so years after the game was invented. It may be from the local dialect word punt, meaning ‘to push or kick’.

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punt2

Syllabification: punt
Pronunciation: /pənt
 
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verb

1 [with object] Football Kick (the ball) after it is dropped from the hands and before it reaches the ground: he used to be able to punt a football farther than anyone
More example sentences
  • Peek beat his man and put a big hand on the football just as it was punted.
  • At this rate, the Dolphins will have a punt or two blocked down the stretch.
  • He mishandled multiple punts, so veteran Troy Edwards will handle punt returns Week 1 in Pittsburgh.
1.1 [no object] (Of an offensive team) turn possession over to the defensive team by punting the ball after failing to make a first down: the Raiders could get nowhere with their possession, and had to punt
More example sentences
  • In football, he plays wide receiver and corner, plus he does all his team's punting, kicking and kick returns.
  • Make no mistake, Moss will be the No.1 returner, but teams will try to punt away from him once they realize how dangerous he is.
  • Coming back from intermission, Jason Simmons nabbed a toss deflected by Jason Babin, but the offense sputtered again and punted.
1.2(Of a player) act as the punter.
Example sentences
  • He has punted a perfectly good basketball, pounded a scorer's table and hurled a water bottle into the stands, not ordinarily acts of the sane and well-adjusted.
2 [no object] Delay in answering or taking action; equivocate: he would continue to punt on questions of Medicare
More example sentences
  • But there's a reason why most of the investigations into the prison have punted on the essential question of executive responsibility.
  • Edgeio seems to be punting on that question for the moment.
  • When the case finally made it to the Commission two years later, the court punted on the constitutionality question.

noun

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An act of punting a ball.
Example sentences
  • Knox went to punt, but a strong rush by Macalester forced the punter to hurry the kick, and the punt went only 5 yards.
  • His ability to return punts and kicks adds to his value… One reason the team has not stopped the run consistently this year is because it has not done a good job of gang-tackling.
  • Stovall might even get work right away returning punts or kicks.

Origin

mid 19th century: probably from dialect punt 'push forcibly' Compare with bunt3.

More
  • A flat-bottomed boat, a long kick, and a bet have little in common, and most dictionaries class punt as three separate words. The kind of boat you propel with a long pole is from Latin ponto, which meant ‘flat-bottomed ferry boat’ and is also the source of pontoon, a vessel used to support a temporary bridge or landing stage ( see also pontiff). The punt that is a bet is a much later word, from the early 18th century and coming from French ponte or Spanish ponto ‘point’. In English it first referred to a person playing a card game. Punter, ‘a person who gambles’, is from this word—the sense ‘a customer or client’ first appeared as recently as the 1960s. Punt meaning ‘a long kick’ is first recorded in the rules of football at Rugby School, home of rugby, in 1845, only 20 or so years after the game was invented. It may be from the local dialect word punt, meaning ‘to push or kick’.

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punt3

Syllabification: punt
Pronunciation: /pənt
 
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verb

[no object]
1(In some gambling card games) place a bet against the bank.
Example sentences
  • Therefore, if you were punting with a stake of £2 per point, you would win 32 x £2 = £64.
  • On the first series of downs they found themselves in a fourth-and-one situation and were forced to punt.
1.1British informal Bet or speculate on something: investors are punting on a takeover
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  • But the latest alarm is sounding over growing evidence that small investors are using consumer credit to fund punting on soaring technology shares.
  • But there are much saner and sounder reasons for punting on the Andre Fabre-trained colt in the greatest all-aged race in Europe.
  • But there are still plenty of other ways to have some fun punting on the election result.

noun

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A bet: those taking a punt on the company’s success
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  • These types of mortgages give the borrower the security of knowing their repayment will not change, but there is also a gamble because you are taking a punt on interest rates.
  • Is it worth taking a punt on the share price staying high, Rambus doing well, and Hyundai raking it in?
  • However, Chez Panisse is so popular that the place is always booked out for at least a month in advance and therefore anybody going is taking a punt on what they'll get.

Origin

early 18th century: from French ponte 'player against the bank', from Spanish punto 'a point'.

More
  • A flat-bottomed boat, a long kick, and a bet have little in common, and most dictionaries class punt as three separate words. The kind of boat you propel with a long pole is from Latin ponto, which meant ‘flat-bottomed ferry boat’ and is also the source of pontoon, a vessel used to support a temporary bridge or landing stage ( see also pontiff). The punt that is a bet is a much later word, from the early 18th century and coming from French ponte or Spanish ponto ‘point’. In English it first referred to a person playing a card game. Punter, ‘a person who gambles’, is from this word—the sense ‘a customer or client’ first appeared as recently as the 1960s. Punt meaning ‘a long kick’ is first recorded in the rules of football at Rugby School, home of rugby, in 1845, only 20 or so years after the game was invented. It may be from the local dialect word punt, meaning ‘to push or kick’.

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punt4

Syllabification: punt
Pronunciation: /po͝ont
 
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noun

The basic monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland (until replaced by the euro), equal to 100 Irish pence.
Example sentences
  • The old punt is equal to one euro and twenty seven cent.
  • A computer or printer may be originally priced for the world market in dollars or sterling and translated into punts say, once every six months.
  • Francs, Deutschmarks, guilders, punts, drachmas and pesetas will all have gone by the end of February.

Origin

Irish, literally 'pound'.

More
  • A flat-bottomed boat, a long kick, and a bet have little in common, and most dictionaries class punt as three separate words. The kind of boat you propel with a long pole is from Latin ponto, which meant ‘flat-bottomed ferry boat’ and is also the source of pontoon, a vessel used to support a temporary bridge or landing stage ( see also pontiff). The punt that is a bet is a much later word, from the early 18th century and coming from French ponte or Spanish ponto ‘point’. In English it first referred to a person playing a card game. Punter, ‘a person who gambles’, is from this word—the sense ‘a customer or client’ first appeared as recently as the 1960s. Punt meaning ‘a long kick’ is first recorded in the rules of football at Rugby School, home of rugby, in 1845, only 20 or so years after the game was invented. It may be from the local dialect word punt, meaning ‘to push or kick’.

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