American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bag filled with sand and used as ballast, in the formation of protective walls, or as a weapon.
- v. To put sandbags in or around.
- v. To hit with a sandbag.
- v. Slang To treat severely or unjustly.
- v. Slang To force by crude means; coerce: sandbagged us into cleaning up their mess.
- v. Slang To downplay or misrepresent one's ability in a game or activity in order to deceive (someone), especially in gambling: sandbagged the pool player by playing poorly in the first game when stakes were low.
- v. Slang To downplay or misrepresent one's ability in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bag filled with sand. A bag of sand or earth, used in a fortification for repairing breaches, etc., or as ballast in boats and balloons.
- n. A cylindrical tube of flexible and strong material filled with sand, by which a heavy blow may be struck which leaves little or no mark on the skin: a weapon used by ruffians.
- n. A bag of sand which was attached to a quintain.
- n. A long narrow bag of fiannel, filled with sand, used to cover crevices between window-sashes or under doors, or laid on the stage of a theater behind flats and wings to prevent lights at the back from shining through the spaces left at junctions.
- To hit or beat with a sand-bag.
- n. a bag, filled with sand, that can be used to weigh something down, to make a defensive wall against flooding etc, or as a weapon
- v. To construct a wall of sandbags (around something).
- v. transitive To strike someone with a sandbag or other object to disable or render unconscious.
- v. transitive To deceive someone by pretending to be weak, or (in cards) to have a weak hand.
- v. To pretend to drink early on so that as the night draws on one can drink everyone "under the table".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A long bag filled with sand, used as a club by assassins.
- n. A bag filled with sand; small sandbags may be used as a weapon, or larger ones to build walls or as ballast.
- v. To treat harshly or unfairly.
- v. To hit something or somebody with or as if with a sandbag.
- v. To protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up.
- v. informal To thwart (another person's plans) by surreptitious maneuvers.
- v. Informal To intimidate or coerce, especially by crude methods.
- v. Informal To deceive and take advantage of (a person) by misrepresenting one's true intentions.
- v. (Poker) To encourage opponents into betting more by first refraining from betting while having a strong hand, and only later raising the stakes. In informal games, certain types of
- v. hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag
- v. downplay one's ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive, as in gambling
- v. treat harshly or unfairly
- v. protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up
- v. compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
- n. a bag filled with sand; used as a weapon or to build walls or as ballast
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“First, while a sandbag is the building block of a levee, no one sandbag can do what the whole levee does.”
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“However, the charges of lefty partisanship seemed misguided; the movie we made criticizes Barack Obama for tailoring himself a State Senate district, Nancy Pelosi for opposing redistricting reform in California, the Democratic party for using black voters to "sandbag" white Democratic districts in the South, and opens with a clip of Ronald Reagan decrying Democratic gerrymanders!”
“The Gillard Government is attempting to "sandbag" the three electorates, plus Mackay-based”
“Abbott anticipates a massive assault on his credibility and and a concerted effort by Labor to '' sandbag '' marginal seats.”
“In the 19th century, the verb "sandbag" began to be used to describe the act of bludgeoning someone with a small, sand-filled bag -- a tactic employed by ruffians, usually as a prelude to robbing their victims.”
“The use of "sandbag" has since evolved to refer to a general strategy of playing down one's position in order to gain some sort of advantage.”
“On whether Lemaire's comments may have been to "sandbag" the Rangers: "I don't care what anybody's trying to do.”
“In late January, the 258-meter-long canal breach was completely sealed in a ceremony in which a government official laid down the final sandbag.”
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