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punching bag

an inflated or stuffed bag, usually suspended, punched with the fists as an exercise.
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
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'll go ashore and buy a set of six-ounce gloves, a set of two-ounce gloves and a punching bag.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • You know my little two-room affair behind the chapel,—only a few books and a punching bag.

    The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson
  • It is like boxing gloves or a punching bag, a thing that serves its turn to limber up your brain.

    Carl and the Cotton Gin Sara Ware Bassett
  • The gas bag B is a football or punching bag connected to the pipe as shown.

  • But here a jab of the night stick took him in the side with a sound like a blow on a punching bag.

    The Haunted Pajamas Francis Perry Elliott
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.
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