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noun sand·bag \ˈsan(d)-ˌbag\

Simple Definition of sandbag

  • : a bag filled with sand and used as a weight or to build temporary walls, dams, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sandbag

  1. :  a bag filled with sand and used in fortifications, as ballast, or as a weapon


First Known Use of sandbag




verb sand·bag

Simple Definition of sandbag

  • : to put sandbags around, on, or in (something)

  • : to hit (someone) with a sandbag

  • : to hide your true abilities or purpose in order to deceive people, gain an advantage, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sandbag

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to bank, stop up, or weight with sandbags

    2. 2a :  to hit or stun with or as if with a sandbagb :  to treat unfairly or harshlyc :  to coerce by crude means <are raiding the Treasury and sandbagging the government — C. W. Ferguson>d :  to conceal or misrepresent one's true position, potential, or intent especially in order to take advantage of

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to hide the truth about oneself so as to gain an advantage over another



    Examples of sandbag in a sentence

    1. He claimed he was playing badly because of an injury, but I think he was sandbagging.

    2. I think he was sandbagging us.

    Did You Know?

    In the 19th century, the verb sandbag began to be used to describe the act of bludgeoning someone with a small, sand-filled bag - a tactic employed by ruffians, usually as a prelude to robbing their victims. The verb went on to develop metaphorical extensions, such as "to coerce by crude means." By the 1940s, it was being used of a strategy in which a poker player with a good hand bets weakly, in order to draw other players into holding on to their hands and raising the bet. The use of sandbag has since evolved to refer to a general strategy of playing down one's position in order to gain some sort of advantage.


    First Known Use of sandbag


    Rhymes with sandbag

    air bag, beanbag, black-flag, blue flag, brown-bag, chin-wag, dirtbag, dishrag, dog tag, do-rag, fleabag, flight bag, gasbag, grab bag, greylag, handbag, hangtag, ice bag, jet lag, kit bag, mailbag, mixed bag, phone tag, postbag, price tag, ragbag, ragtag, ratbag, red flag, schoolbag, seabag, sight gag, Sontag, sweet flag, tea bag, time lag, tote bag, washrag, white flag, wigwag, windbag, workbag, zigzag

    SANDBAG Defined for Kids


    noun sand·bag \ˈsand-ˌbag\

    Definition of sandbag for Students

    1. :  a bag filled with sand and used as a weight (as on a balloon) or as part of a wall or dam

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