Making jokes at the expense of someone who is of a higher level of power in terms of status or privilege.
Racist jokes, rape jokes, gay jokes, are all punching down, because they are all at the expense of the groups with less power. If you flip them around, and make the dominant group the target instead, it is funny to punch up.
by whimsyDances September 13, 2014
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A Non-American term meaning 'Massive Fight'.
by Psionic22 February 6, 2010
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When a boxer or person is able to fight above their weight class or if a person is able to take on or accomplish things out side their class.
Nick is a middle weight but he hits so hard he can punch up and fight heavy weight too.
by Oneofidiots December 5, 2017
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Slang (Mainly Brit.)

Slugging Fist-fight which will often involve fairly even numbers and teams of around 5-10 a piece (usually, there are exceptions such as major punch-ups). The fight will continue until either all competitiors have ejected themselves but the victor, or until a form of authority has arrived to separate everyone.
We had a punch-up in the local park over the weekend.
by Gumba Gumba February 27, 2004
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To temporarily be with someone, sexually or casually, who is out of your league.
I have no idea why he's into me, he's beautiful and has like 3 degrees. Just punch up the sex is probably great
by Somerandomdiva May 3, 2015
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usually a school yard fight with someone trying to defend their honor or someone elses. the original people involved dont actually have much to do with the eventual fight, but there are usually more than 3 or 4 a side, and they are not always even
girl 1: did u see that punch up after skool today?
girl 2: yea with dave and that! dave was protecting greg when tom started on him and arranged a fight outside!
by loodie March 17, 2005
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A term used to describe an act, typically a joke or comedic skit is used by people within marginalized communities to softly jab at a group of more powerful, privileged, or less marginalized people. the person being jabbed at is typically characterized by being of higher wealth or status, white, cisgender or heterosexual, or a native-born, or a combination of all these things.
This can be used as a political statement, peaceful revolt, or just a way to cope by using laughter.
"Damn, imagine being a cishet white male."
"Punching Up I see."
by Bunii_ May 25, 2021
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