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 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|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
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!
He might if he went to Chinatown and got sandbagged or something like that.Three Young Ranchmen|Ralph Bonehill
"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
Supposing I'd gone round, looking for another buyer, he'd have had me doped or sandbagged before I'd made the sale.For the Allinson Honor|Harold Bindloss
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
British Dictionary definitions for sandbagged
verb -bags, -bagging or -bagged (tr)
Word Origin and History for sandbagged (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.