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.
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Example sentences from the Web for sandbag
Those who still buy should not be able to make claims against the state for sandbags or cleanups, she added.Hawaii Officials Promise Changes to Seawall Policies That Have Quickened Beach Destruction|by Mindy Pennybacker and Sophie Cocke, Honolulu Star-Advertiser|December 31, 2020|ProPublica
When asked about the sandbags this month, state officials said they would be contacting the owners about the expiration.
The homeowners had a few years to come up with long-term plans for their homes and remove the sandbags.
As a result, walls of sandbags have dotted treasured and environmentally sensitive coastlines throughout the islands for years, and sometimes decades.
A state official thanked him for the reminder, noted the sandbags had been there for 12 years and suggested he email the office with his long-term plans for the property.
Housing starts, which had been sandbagged by poor weather, leapt sharply.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year|Daniel Gross|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Gallup Economic Confidence Index was sandbagged by the October government shutdown and debt-ceiling brinkmanship.
He made a highly illiquid bet on LightSquared, a wireless broadband company, that has sandbagged his fund and reputation.In ‘Arbitrage,’ Richard Gere Shows How the Price Is Right|Daniel Gross|September 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Within six months, if you're not sandbagged or jailed on fake libel suits, you'll have a unique bibliography of swindles.Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
The few dug-outs I saw were incomplete, the trenches rather wet and shallow and not yet sandbagged.'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany|Gerald Featherstone Knight
I had a vague idea that all American women wore red flannel shirts and bowie knives and that I might be sandbagged in the street!
An armoured train was improvised from such trucks as were available, the sides being sandbagged and a Lewis gun mounted in front.With the British Army in The Holy Land|Henry Osmond Lock
"I have been sandbagged," he announced impressively, and proceeded to relate the night's adventure to his host.The Devil's Paw|E. Phillips Oppenheim