the climactic phrase or sentence in a joke, speech, advertisement, or humorous story that produces the desired effect.
the culminating part of a joke, funny story, etc, that gives it its humorous or dramatic point

noun phrase

The last line or part of a joke, which makes it funny; kicker, zinger: I remember the jokes, but not the punch lines (1921+)


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