Meaning 1
to kick the ball down the field
Sentence 1
It was fourth down and the Eagles punted the ball.
Meaning 2
A difficult decision can be punted to someone else, decided later.
Sentence 2
The U.S. Supreme Court punted the decision back to the lower court, to the appellate court to be decided later. (see the blog)
  • Evolotus PR

    “Punt” is frequently used to mean an action taken spontaneously when one is unprepared, or in the absence of better options. Sentence: “We didn’t include media strategy in the proposal, so if the client asks about it in the meeting, we’ll have to punt.” It takes place at a point in the play when there’s little else that can be done.