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punching bag

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noun

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.

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Origin of punching bag

First recorded in 1895–1900
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