Somewhere, I picked up the use of “to punt something” (or “to punt on something”) to mean “choosing not to do something” or “choosing not to do something now”. Examples:
The weather looks bad, let’s punt (on) the bike ride.
But I am having doubt that this is a correct use of the term, and I can find hardly any related references, so I am seeking clarification.
Also, is it to put something or to punt on something, or both?
Some of the possibly related references I found are:
Let’s extend all the tax cuts and punt again. (source)
- The free dictionary says:
- Informal To cease doing something; give up: Let's punt on this and try something else.
- Multiple slang dictionarlies (this one and this one), which maybe indicates that this used in computer jargon, but not in general English.
- According to Yahoo answers, it is also business jargon.