sandbag

[sand-bag]

noun

a bag filled with sand, used in fortification, as ballast, etc.
such a bag used as a weapon.

verb (used with object), sand·bagged, sand·bag·ging.

verb (used without object), sand·bagged, sand·bag·ging.

  1. Poker.to sandbag one or more opponents.
  2. 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

First recorded in 1580–90; sand + bag
Related formssand·bag·ger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sandbagger

sandbag

noun

a sack filled with sand used for protection against gunfire, floodwater, etc, or as ballast in a balloon, ship, etc
a bag filled with sand and used as a weapon

verb -bags, -bagging or -bagged (tr)

to protect or strengthen with sandbags
to hit with or as if with a sandbag
finance to obstruct (an unwelcome takeover bid) by prolonging talks in the hope that an acceptable bidder will come forward
Derived Formssandbagger, noun
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Word Origin and History for sandbagger

sandbag

n.

1580s, from sand (n.) + bag (n.).

sandbag

v.

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.

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