Definition of punch-drunk in US English:



  • Stupefied by or as if by a series of heavy blows to the head.

    • ‘Sometimes it can be painful to watch former superstars fumbling for their lost skills like a punch-drunk boxer.’
    • ‘I began to think I might be getting punch-drunk just listening to him.’
    • ‘Collectively, the players resemble a punch-drunk boxer, bruised and bloodied, clinging onto the ropes for support.’
    • ‘Many businesspeople feel punch-drunk as they try to cope with new rules on working time, trade union recognition and European works councils.’
    • ‘Like two ageing punch-drunk fighters, Miami Heat and New York Knicks are going to keep swinging until one falls to the canvas from a knockout blow.’
    • ‘It would be tragic if he suffers yet another body blow, fails to recognise it, and chooses to remain in the fray punch-drunk and disoriented.’
    • ‘There was no clarity of thought, only blame, anger and bitterness; punch-drunk, the regime drifted blankly towards its end.’
    • ‘We were a bit punch-drunk, talking about silly stuff, trying to forget the ordeal that awaited.’
    • ‘The visiting pack were in awesome form, consistently making ground at the edges of the rucks and gradually wearing down the home eight, who by the end resembled a bunch of bedraggled and punch-drunk boxers.’
    • ‘All that changed in 1918 when, like two punch-drunk boxers, the belligerents began finally to land blows which had effect.’
    • ‘Like a punch-drunk boxer who had been hit too many times, the town seemed stuck on the canvas, with some people wondering if it would ever be able to drag itself to its feet again.’
    • ‘In contrast, today's budding poets might seem insignificant and pointless, punch-drunk and undirected about content, style, identity.’
    • ‘Everyone using the free weights looked punch-drunk from the heat.’
    • ‘It was made easy because everyone was so nice, but I was punch-drunk by the end.’
    • ‘After arriving punch-drunk at a truck stop in Amarillo, Texas, I positioned a Therm-a-Rest atop the luggage in the very back.’
    • ‘This looks to be one more blow to an increasingly punch-drunk asset-backed securities marketplace, as well as a significant escalation of the bursting of the consumer debt Bubble.’
    • ‘After that, it was a test of nerve and character as both teams slugged it out like a pair of punch-drunk boxers.’
    • ‘With no let up in this mean season, many hurricane - punch-drunk Floridians have opted to live in the dark, even those who have electricity.’
    • ‘The government, atypically, reels, staggers - punch-drunk on the ropes, praying for a bell.’
    • ‘If only Rangers had done so on Wednesday, Scottish football would have benefited from a hangover cure after the national side's punch-drunk display against Hungary a week earlier.’
    unstable, rocky, wobbly, wobbling, rickety, shaky, shaking, tottery, tottering, teetering, unsafe, unbalanced, unreliable, insecure, not secure, unfastened, unsecured, movable, precarious
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