Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

punching bag

noun
1.
an inflated or stuffed bag, usually suspended, punched with the fists as an exercise.
2.
Informal. a person serving as an object of abuse; scapegoat:
I told him that I wasn't going to be a punching bag for anyone.
Origin of punching bag
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for punching bag
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
Slang definitions & phrases for punching bag

punching bag

noun phrase

A target; butt; whipping boy; scapegoat: Milken has come to be regarded as a handy punching bag for everything that went wrong in the 1980s (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for punching bag

Word Value for punching

16
21
Scrabble Words With Friends