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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The climactic phrase or statement of a joke, producing a sudden humorous effect.

Usage examples (35)
  • So, your punchline is a story about what happened in a completely different branch of government.
  • The laughter comes from an unfamiliar situation, much like a joke that sets up a situation and the punchline is the unexpected opposite.
  • I always enjoy a good joke where the punchline is "Sarah Palin."
  • The punchline is that Lemke is coming back as a knuckleball pitcher. for more
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