punching bag

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noun punch·ing bag \ˈpən-chiŋ-\

Definition of punching bag

  1. 1 :  a stuffed or inflated bag usually suspended for free movement and punched for exercise or for training in boxing

  2. 2 :  one who is routinely abused or defeated by another

1886

First Known Use of punching bag

1886


PUNCHING BAG Defined for English Language Learners

punching bag

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noun punch·ing bag \ˈpən-chiŋ-\

Definition of punching bag for English Language Learners

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

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