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punch line

the culminating part of a joke, funny story, etc., that gives it its humorous or dramatic point
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Men, on the other hand, tend to look forward to the punch line in the expectation of hearing something funny.
The punch line in this joke, "Of course," suggests that at least one member of the family is heterosexual, but it turns out not to be the case, for the member of the family that likes women is a woman, and thus the family remains firmly homosexual.
Herold's lowered-expectations approach to materials is typically augmented by titles that operate like punch lines, completing the objects' narrative setups.
The "Guests" have to play nice with people they might otherwise consider to be punch lines or risk having the door hit them on their way out.
The book is a comprehensive collection of party jokes, off color college humor and decidedly un-PC punch lines.
Filth - be it in the kitchen or the punch lines - is something I can handle.
Phrases and actions are limited to punch lines and punches and take place within an almost logarithmic rotation: The words "And father never returned
They have inspired so many good-natured queer punch lines that Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke listed all the shows on the Strip that rushed to delete jokes about them in the days after the tiger attack.
Wally is absolutely hysterical as he tells you tall-tale stories, absurd facts and jokes with punch lines you saw coming a mile a way
DeGeneres, known for a kinder, gentler brand of humor than many stand-up comics, was widely praised for striking the right balance between poignancy and punch lines.
However pared down, Wesley's paintings are flatly comedic, the lines of black around each compositional element providing their punch lines.
The Book of Lies is always smart and often amusing, though some of the best punch lines are geared toward gay historians and fans of queer literature.