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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How to use sandbag in a sentence
Advocates said they hoped the proposed legislation will help curb further sandbag approvals.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
County officials had required a previous owner to tear out an illegal seawall in the 1990s, and the state later allowed the owner to lay a mound of emergency sandbags that blocked the public beach for the next 25 years.Officials Let Hawaii’s Waterfront Homeowners Damage Public Beaches Again and Again|by Sophie Cocke, Honolulu Star-Advertiser|December 31, 2020|ProPublica
Regulators levied small fines but authorized the sandbags after the fact.
The state approved sandbags in 2017, but the permit expired in September.
Today, nearly 15 years later, the sandbags remain and the beach is largely gone.