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 for punt
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punt \Punt\, n. (Football)
     The act of punting the ball.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punt \Punt\, v. i.
     1. To boat or hunt in a punt.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     2. To punt a football.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punt \Punt\, v. i. [F. ponter, or It. puntare, fr. L. punctum
     point. See Point.]
     To play at basset, baccara, faro. or omber; to gamble.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           She heard . . . of his punting at gaming tables.
                                                    --Thackeray.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punt \Punt\, n.
     Act of playing at basset, baccara, faro, etc.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punt \Punt\, n. [AS., fr. L. ponto punt, pontoon. See
     Pontoon.] (Naut.)
     A flat-bottomed boat with square ends. It is adapted for use
     in shallow waters.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punt \Punt\, v. t.
     1. To propel, as a boat in shallow water, by pushing with a
        pole against the bottom; to push or propel (anything) with
        exertion. --Livingstone.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Football) To kick (the ball) before it touches the
        ground, when let fall from the hands.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  punt
      n 1: formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100
           pence [syn: Irish pound, Irish punt, punt, pound]
      2: an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters and
         propelled by a long pole
      3: (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the
         hands and kicked before it touches the ground; "the punt
         traveled 50 yards"; "punting is an important part of the
         game" [syn: punt, punting]
      v 1: kick the ball
      2: propel with a pole; "pole barges on the river"; "We went
         punting in Cambridge" [syn: punt, pole]
      3: place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting
         on the new horse" [syn: bet on, back, gage, stake,
         game, punt]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "punt":
     ante, ante up, back, bet, bet on, boot, calcitration, call,
     catch a crab, cover, cut a crab, drop kick, fade, feather,
     feather an oar, gamble, give way, hazard, kick, kicking, knee, lay,
     lay a wager, lay down, make a bet, meet a bet, pace, paddle,
     parlay, pass, place kick, play against, plunge, ply the oar, pull,
     row, row away, row dry, scull, see, ship oars, shoot, sky an oar,
     speculate, stake, stand pat, wager
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  punt
   v.
  
      [from the punch line of an old joke referring to American football: ?Drop
      back 15 yards and punt!?]
  
      1. To give up, typically without any intention of retrying. ?Let's punt the
      movie tonight.? ?I was going to hack all night to get this feature in, but
      I decided to punt? may mean that you've decided not to stay up all night,
      and may also mean you're not ever even going to put in the feature.
  
      2. More specifically, to give up on figuring out what the Right Thing is
      and resort to an inefficient hack.
  
      3. A design decision to defer solving a problem, typically because one
      cannot define what is desirable sufficiently well to frame an algorithmic
      solution. ?No way to know what the right form to dump the graph in is ?
      we'll punt that for now.?
  
      4. To hand a tricky implementation problem off to some other section of the
      design. ?It's too hard to get the compiler to do that; let's punt to the
      runtime system.?
  
      5. To knock someone off an Internet or chat connection; a punter thus, is a
      person or program that does this.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  punt
  
     (From the punch line of an old joke referring to American
     football: "Drop back 15 yards and punt!") 1. To give up,
     typically without any intention of retrying.  "Let's punt the
     movie tonight."  "I was going to hack all night to get this
     feature in, but I decided to punt" may mean that you've
     decided not to stay up all night, and may also mean you're not
     ever even going to put in the feature.
  
     2. More specifically, to give up on figuring out what the
     Right Thing is and resort to an inefficient hack.
  
     3. A design decision to defer solving a problem, typically
     because one cannot define what is desirable sufficiently well
     to frame an algorithmic solution.  "No way to know what the
     right form to dump the graph in is - we'll punt that for
     now."
  
     4. To hand a tricky implementation problem off to some other
     section of the design.  "It's too hard to get the compiler to
     do that; let's punt to the run-time system."
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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