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sandbag

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noun sand·bag \ˈsan(d)-ˌbag\

Definition of sandbag

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

1590

First Known Use of sandbag

1590


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sandbag

verb sand·bag

Definition of sandbag

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bank, stop up, or weight with sandbags

  3. 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 gain an advantage over

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

sandbagger

noun

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.

1860

First Known Use of sandbag

1860


SANDBAG Defined for English Language Learners

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sandbag

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noun sand·bag \ˈsan(d)-ˌbag\

Definition of sandbag for English Language Learners

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


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sandbag

verb sand·bag

Definition of sandbag for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


SANDBAG Defined for Kids

sandbag

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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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