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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 12, 2014
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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.
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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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A Non-American term meaning 'Massive Fight'.
'I got in a massive punch up yesterday.'
by Psionic22 February 06, 2010
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See fisticuffs.

Originates in England.
Flippin' 'eck, Tucker, there's a punchup 'appenin' in the gym!
by Montesquieu April 08, 2004
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Punching up is a term use when someone engages in a conflict with an adversary who has greater power/status then themselves. It's also known by the phrase: "Speaking truth to power". The antonym of "Punching up" would be "Punch down", wherein someone engages in a conflict with an adversary who has less power/status then themselves.
Person 1: What does it mean to "punch up"?
Person 2: Well, say that you engage a Feminist in a debate. You would be punching up since Feminism is the status quo (Meaning it has societal power/status.) and debating it in any form would mean having to challenge someone with more power than you yourself has. You're "punching up" at the person who is above you.
by Saudades October 13, 2015
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