sandbag

A sandbag is a big bag of sand. If a hurricane is coming, chuck a sandbag or two by the beach house to keep the water out. Also, to sandbag someone is to trick or bully them into doing something.

Sand is inexpensive and heavy, which is why sandbags are used for jobs like protecting vehicles and buildings during bombings or storms, or balancing the total weight on a boat. When you use sandbag as a verb, it either means to protect with sandbags or to deceive or coerce someone to get something you want. When you pretend that you're terrible at basketball just so you can beat your cousin in one-on-one, you sandbag her.

Definitions of sandbag
  1. noun
    a bag filled with sand; used as a weapon or to build walls or as ballast
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    type of:
    bag
    a flexible container with a single opening
  2. verb
    protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up
    “The residents sandbagged the beach front”
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    type of:
    strengthen
    gain strength
  3. verb
    hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag
    synonyms: stun
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    type of:
    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  4. verb
    treat harshly or unfairly
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    type of:
    wrong
    treat unjustly; do wrong to
  5. verb
    compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
    “They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone”
    synonyms: dragoon, railroad
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    type of:
    coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
    to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
  6. verb
    downplay one's ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive, as in gambling
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    type of:
    misinform, mislead
    give false or misleading information to
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