punch line

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Synonyms for punch line

the point of a joke or humorous story

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The most important part of the joke is the punch line and more specifically the punch word.
In this joke, the information conveyed by the punch line is that the sister of the gay brothers is a lesbian and thus, everyone in the family is gay.
In the gorgeous book that accompanies the exhibition, Wilner Stack's essay begins with a tease, the punch line to Winogrand's favorite joke: A woman walks through a park with her grandson in a stroller.
The most ridiculous case I saw while on the bench involved a man who was representing himself and suing for malpractice over a penile implant," she says, pausing before whipping out the punch line.
More promisingly, a lesbian clinch in David Lynch's typically surreal Mulholland Drive provides the funniest punch line you'll hear at the movies this year.
A strong sense of triangulation pervades most of the photographs - unsurprisingly, the punch line to the original scenario was the couple's wish that Marder join them on the other side of the camera.
Myths have a punch line -- we know what we're supposed to think about them -- while reality is much more messy and nonliterary and nonelegant-sounding.