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
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Historical Examples of punching bag

  • "I lost my home and punching-bag at it once," he said, musingly.


    James Hopper

  • Hopkins was no man to serve as a punching-bag for a pessimistic tobacconist.

  • The Punching-bag Platform, illustrated by Fig. 257, should be made thirty inches square and suspended from the shed or a wall.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • In the submerged tenth, a punching-bag and something handy for batting up flies.

  • I went rummaging in my trunks, and in the bottom of one I came across a punching-bag and a set of gloves.