punching bag

noun
punch·​ing bag | \ ˈpən-chiŋ- How to pronounce punching bag (audio) \

Definition of punching bag

1 : a stuffed or inflated bag usually suspended for free movement and punched for exercise or for training in boxing
2 : one who is routinely abused or defeated by another

Examples of punching bag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In reality, how often has Oklahoma represented more than a punching bag? Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Being light at the top doesn’t reduce the fun of a chaotic Big 12 football season," 4 Nov. 2020 But Fox News has nevertheless become a punching bag on the right. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Divorce From Fox News Is Getting Ugly," 6 Nov. 2020 Others cannot help but marvel that the fate of America's presidential vote depends so heavily on the United States Postal Service—national postal services being a punching bag the world over. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "As America holds its breath over an election outcome, Twitter lights up with cracks from around the world," 4 Nov. 2020 Trump took the recusal personally and spent several months using Sessions as a political punching bag. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville beats Democrat Doug Jones for Alabama Senate seat," 3 Nov. 2020 This year’s Navy team got to serve as a punching bag for a Mustangs program that needed. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU rebounds from poor offensive showing, scores at will in 51-37 win over Navy," 1 Nov. 2020 After one winning season since 2005, Miners are 3-3 halfway through 2020 For decades, the University of Texas El Paso was the punching bag of college football. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Marcos alum Andrew Meyer helping UTEP Miners see the light in football," 27 Oct. 2020 The state was turned into a national punching bag overnight. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Legend of Roy Cooper," 26 Oct. 2020 Finally the Huskers have an offensive line capable of protecting injury-prone quarterback Adrian Martinez, whose body has resembled a punching bag. Rob Oller, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten power rankings: Michigan football, MSU have work to do entering 2020," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of punching bag

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Punching bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punching%20bag. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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punching bag

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English Language Learners Definition of punching bag

US : a very heavy bag that usually hangs from the ceiling and that is punched for exercise or training

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