[ sand-bag ]
/ ˈsændˌbæg /
verb (used with object), sand·bagged, sand·bag·ging.
to furnish with sandbags.
to hit or stun with a sandbag.
- 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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British Dictionary definitions for sandbagger
/ (ˈsændˌbæɡ) /
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 forms of sandbagsandbagger, noun
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