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 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