- A long, narrow flat-bottomed boat, square at both ends and propelled with a long pole, used on inland waters chiefly for recreation.More 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.
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- Travel or convey in a punt: [no object]: in summer you can enjoy punting along the riverMore example sentences
- The last highlight of our trip was being punted along the River Welland by Ashley Hatton, a young man who had the idea for this unusual business last summer.
- Lucy Boston was captivated by it when she first saw the Manor in 1915, while punting along the river with her brother.
- A variation of the first was to punt yourself along, feet pointing straight downward, gathering speed all the time by pushing off left and right.
Old English, from Latin ponto, denoting a flat-bottomed ferry boat; readopted in the early 16th century from Middle Low German punte or Middle Dutch ponte 'ferry boat', of the same origin.
- 1 [with adverbial of direction] Soccer Kick (the ball) a long distance upfield: the Leeds player kindly punted the ball back to themMore example sentences
- Holland punts a ball upfield and into what appears to be a parallel universe, where Kevin Kilbane is able to beat his man and deliver a decent cross into the box.
- Ten minutes later Foulger punted the ball upfield and Hoyle flicked it on for Jamie Longley to steer it in.
- At the restart, Armoy fluffed the catch and Shane Hadden was there to punt the ball upfield.
- 2 American Football & Rugby Kick the ball after it has dropped from the hands and before it reaches the ground: he used to be able to punt a football farther than anyone [no object]: the Raiders could get nowhere with their possession, and had to puntMore 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.
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- An act of punting a ball: Wood failed to cut out a long punt from NicholasMore example sentences
- Happe also served as the Beaver's long snapper on punts and placekicks.
- Ibrahimovic collects the ball from a big punt up the park.
- He never makes a had snap and delivers the ball with great velocity on punts and place kicks.
mid 19th century: probably from dialect punt 'push forcibly'. Compare with bunt1.
- 1(In some gambling card games) lay a stake against the bank.More 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 takeoverMore example sentences
- 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.
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- A bet: those taking a punt on the company’s successMore example sentences
- 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.
take (or have) a punt at
- Australian /NZ • informal Attempt to do (something).More example sentences
- Mystic Medusa tells all, and also takes a punt at some eminent personages, including the Pope and the Dalai Lama.
- He didn't need to laugh at me as I failed to dispossess him, or to use his goalkeeper to run upfield to have a punt at goal.
- Everyone's having a punt at shattering the race leader on the last real climb of the Tour.
early 18th century: from French ponte 'player against the bank', from Spanish punto 'a point'.
- (Until the introduction of the euro in 2002) the basic monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland, equal to 100 pence.More 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.
Irish, literally 'pound'.