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.
Origin of sandbag
Related Words for sandbaggedhinder, obstruct, discourage, prohibit, forbid, suppress, outlaw, stymie, restrain, curb, impede, constrain, inhibit, thwart, retard, stonewall, interfere, stall, obscure, hamper
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Contemporary Examples of sandbagged
Housing starts, which had been sandbagged by poor weather, leapt sharply.The U.S. Economy Had a Hiccup, Not a Heart Attack, This Year
May 29, 2014
The Gallup Economic Confidence Index was sandbagged by the October government shutdown and debt-ceiling brinkmanship.All Retailers Want for Christmas Is More Shoppers
December 2, 2013
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
September 13, 2012
Historical Examples of sandbagged
“I thought he was dead when I saw him go down like he was sandbagged,” said the boy.Vistas of New York
He might if he went to Chinatown and got sandbagged or something like that.Three Young Ranchmen
Ive been sandbagged and robbed, and evidently sold to you for a sailor, which I am not.An Oregon Girl
Alfred Ernest Rice
I'll be sandbagged and robbed if I go back without any for the other fellows.More Tish
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I shouldn't be surprised if she sandbagged him and left him lying on the beach.Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist
Harlan Page Halsey
verb -bags, -bagging or -bagged (tr)
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.