verb (used with object), sand·bagged, sand·bag·ging.
- 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.
verb (used without object), sand·bagged, sand·bag·ging.
- 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.
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.
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|David Patrikarakos|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Daniel Gross|April 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Did Google just sandbag its rivals in the smartphone market?
Investigation would prove that an old stump or a sandbag had received all his attention.Average Americans|Theodore Roosevelt
First we loosened up enough earth in front of our heads to fill a sandbag.Trenching at Gallipoli|John Gallishaw
One leg and the other foot were carried off, as he lay upon the sandbag parapet watching the effect of our fire.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
"Somebody hit me on the head with a sandbag," he said thickly.The Man Who Knew|Edgar Wallace
I spent hours and hours examining the grenades and packing them into sandbag carriers.Q.6.a and Other places|Francis Buckley
British Dictionary definitions for sandbag
verb -bags, -bagging or -bagged (tr)
Word Origin and History for sandbag (1 of 2)
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.