punch off?

Rex   Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:30 am GMT
" I punched the cell off, flung both arms in the air in mock exasperation, and..."

Does "punch off " mean "switch off" or "throw away" or "hit on" the cell phone?
Uriel   Tue Feb 14, 2006 4:15 am GMT
Imagine the person stabbing the buttons with an angry finger.... actually, it's a common expression to say that one "punches" the keys on a keypad, even when there is no aggression in the act.
Guest   Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:33 am GMT
"Punch off " here means "switch off"