[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. sandal,
  2. sandalfoot,
  3. sandalwood,
  4. sandalwood island,
  5. sandarac,
  6. sandbank,
  7. sandbar,
  8. sandblast,
  9. sandbox,
  10. sandbox tree

Origin of sandbag

First recorded in 1580–90; sand + bag

Related formssand·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 Formssandbagger, noun

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Word Origin and History for sandbagging
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