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.

Primary Meanings of sandbag

1.
nv
a bag filled with sand; used as a weapon or to build walls or as ballast
protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up
2.
v
treat harshly or unfairly
Full Definitions of sandbag
1

n a bag filled with sand; used as a weapon or to build walls or as ballast

Type of:
bag
a flexible container with a single opening

v protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up

“The residents sandbagged the beach front”
Type of:
strengthen
gain strength

v hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag

Synonyms:
stun
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
2

v treat harshly or unfairly

Type of:
wrong
treat unjustly; do wrong to

v compel by coercion, threats, or crude means

“They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone”
Synonyms:
dragoon, railroad
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"

v downplay one's ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive, as in gambling

Type of:
misinform, mislead
give false or misleading information to

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