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      n  
1    the use of words or phrases to exploit ambiguities and innuendoes in their meaning, usually for humorous effect; a play on words. An example is: ``Ben Battle was a soldier bold, And used to war's alarms: But a cannonball took off his legs, So he laid down his arms.'' (Thomas Hood)  
      vb   , puns, punning, punned  
2    intr   to make puns  
     (C17: possibly from Italian puntiglio point of detail, wordplay; see punctilio)  
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pun          [2]  
      vb   , puns, punning, punned   tr     (Brit)   to pack (earth, rubble, etc.) by pounding  
     (C16: dialectal variant of pound1)  
  punner      n  

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pun

  
  
double entendre, equivoque, paronomasia     (Rhetoric)   play on words, quip, witticism  

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