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sandbag

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noun sand·bag \ˈsan(d)-ˌbag\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of sandbag

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

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First Known Use of sandbag

1590


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sandbag

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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. Fergusond :  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

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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.

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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.

First Known Use of sandbag

1860


Financial Definition of SANDBAG

sandbag

What It Is

Sandbag is slang for lowering expectations.

How It Works

Let's say John Doe is a new employee at Company XYZ. He gets invited to the annual company golf outing. The other employees ask him how his game is. John says, "I'm ok." John, however, has actually had golf lessons since he was a child and plays every weekend. John is sandbagging.

Why It Matters

In the world of finance, the mantra is "underpromise and overdeliver," meaning that when you keep investors' expectations low, it's easier to make them happy. In turn, sandbagging can help elevate or at least maintain a stock price when companies report earnings. Companies sandbag by providing earnings guidance to analysts that is below what they actually think will occur.

Sandbagging isn't easy to maintain, however. Once analysts notice that companies consistently outdo their earnings guidance, they will start raising their expectations regardless of what the company guidance is.


SANDBAG Defined for English Language Learners

sandbag

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Definition of sandbag for English Language Learners

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

sandbag

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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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