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    pull a punch

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    ..he pulled no punches in his efforts to defeat Frank Duryea. (Gardner’s “The Case of the Smoking Chimney”)

    pull a punch = cushion (v) = be cautious in doing something ; to mitigate the effects of; absorb the shock of

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: pull a punch

    You`re correct. The term is generally used in the negative, as in your example. "Don`t pull your punches when you tell him how bad his work has been."

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