punching bag

noun punch·ing bag \ ˈpən-chiŋ- \
|Updated on: 7 Jun 2018

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

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First Known Use of punching bag

1886

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PUNCHING BAG Defined for English Language Learners

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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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