- to furnish with sandbags.
- to hit or stun with a sandbag.
- to set upon violently; attack from or as if from ambush.
- to coerce or intimidate, as by threats: The election committee was sandbagged into nominating the officers for a second term.
- to thwart or cause to fail or be rejected, especially surreptitiously or without warning: He sandbagged our proposal with his snide remarks to the boss.
- Poker.to deceive (one or more opponents) into remaining in the pot by refraining from betting on a strong hand, then raising the bet in a later round.
- Informal.to gain an advantage over (one or more competitors) by concealing one's abilities or other strengths early in a game or other competitive activity.
- Informal.to gain an advantage by concealing or downplaying the strengths of (something): companies that sandbag their earnings estimates and then easily beat them to make everyone happy.
- Poker.to sandbag one or more opponents.
- Informal.to sandbag an opponent or competitor: guys that sandbag and fall back a little in the first race to get a better starting spot in the second.
Origin of sandbag
Examples from the Web for sandbag
One strip, Foolish Grandpa and Sour Henry, shows Grandpa being hit on the head by a sandbag and blown up by dynamite.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
A couple more peer through spy holes in the sandbag barricades that line the perimeter.Ukraine’s Pro-Putin Rebels Prepare for a Last Stand
July 10, 2014
Factors ranging from the sequester to the ongoing crisis in Europe have the capacity to sandbag the economic expansion.Economic Data Show That, at Last, (Many of) the Fundamentals Are Sound
April 2, 2013
Did Google just sandbag its rivals in the smartphone market?Google Whacks Its Rivals
August 15, 2011
One of them struck at him, while another attempted to sandbag him from behind.
This leap saved him from being stretched unconscious by the sandbag.
Make a woman self-conscious, and her soul is barren as a sandbag.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
"Somebody hit me on the head with a sandbag," he said thickly.The Man Who Knew
As it was very wet, I had a sandbag taken by each man to lie down on.Q.6.a and Other places
- a sack filled with sand used for protection against gunfire, floodwater, etc, or as ballast in a balloon, ship, etc
- a bag filled with sand and used as a weapon
- to protect or strengthen with sandbags
- to hit with or as if with a sandbag
- finance to obstruct (an unwelcome takeover bid) by prolonging talks in the hope that an acceptable bidder will come forward
Word Origin and History for sandbag
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.