We’re sandbagging and they said, ‘Can we have as quick couple of drinks before the impending doom and gloom?
Perhaps he thought their question merely a footpad's introduction to a sandbagging episode.
sandbagging, binding, and pistoling had all failed to lift him to such a height of resentment at this.
There are half-breed rascals in the port who wouldn't hesitate about sandbagging or stabbing you for a few dollars.
1860, "furnish with sandbags," from sandbag (n.). Meaning "pretend weakness," 1970s perhaps is extended from poker-playing sense of "refrain from raising at the first opportunity in hopes of raising more steeply later" (1940), which perhaps is from sandbagger in the sense of "bully or ruffian who uses a sandbag as a weapon to knock his intended victim unconscious" (1882). Hence "to fell or stun with a blow from a sandbag" (1887). Related: Sandbagged; sandbagging.
A type of life preserver (WWII Navy)