punching bag

play
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

play
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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up punching bag? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an alert or lookout

Get Word of the Day daily email!