[ sand-bag ]
/ ˈsændˌbæg /


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 forms

sand·bag·ger, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sandbagging

  • We’re sandbagging and they said, ‘Can we have as quick couple of drinks before the impending doom and gloom?

  • Sandbagging, binding, and pistoling had all failed to lift him to such a height of resentment at this.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • Perhaps he thought their question merely a footpad's introduction to a sandbagging episode.

    Excuse Me!|Rupert Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for sandbagging


/ (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

sandbagger, noun
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