One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An act of thrusting one's clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph or elation.‘the verdict was greeted with cheers and air punches by her family and friends’
- ‘She had red boxing gloves on too, and made the occasional air punch.’
- ‘A score of photographers beneath the big screen zoomed in on the air punches and decidedly un-Wimbledon leaps into the air.’
- ‘She followed up with an air punch and a big grin.’
- ‘He followed the putt into the hole with his first air punch of the day.’
- ‘A personal music highlight on my recent road trip was Utah Saints' "Power to the Beats" (complete with punctuating air punches from me).’
- ‘The classes generally begin with some warm-up calisthenics, such as jumping jacks, simulated jump rope and air punches.’
- ‘Towards the end of the performance, she even did a little air punch and blew kisses to the adoring crowd.’
- ‘The coach punctuated this talk with an air punch that could have dislodged teeth had anyone been standing in his fist's way.’
- ‘The 53-year-old's resolute focus is often manifested in a defiant courtside air punch during critical points.’
- ‘The shot was an unexpected bonus that prompted two air punches and a high-five with caddie Joe LaCava.’
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