Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bag, generally large and heavy, suspended from the ceiling, to be punched by an athlete, especially a boxer, for the sake of exercise.

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Examples

  • In any relationship, of course, both parties must make this choice, unless one party opts to be a martyr or a punching-bag.

    Riches

  • He became a punching-bag for Democrats who wished that the base would please shut up, and for Beltway journalists who fetishize Access and Seriousness, and he just didn't care.

    Marty Kaplan: My Favorite Blowhard

  • The school announced the decision Monday, two days after Ole Miss fell 30-13 to fellow Southeastern Conference punching-bag Kentucky—the Rebels' 12th straight SEC football loss dating to last season.

    Ole Miss Is No Longer Nuts About Its Coach

  • Sixth grade was pure hell; every female natural bully in the class saw me as the perfect punching-bag.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A Crime to Repeatedly Insult a Minor

  • In any relationship, of course, both parties must make this choice, unless one party opts to be a martyr or a punching-bag.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • Sixth grade was pure hell; every female natural bully in the class saw me as the perfect punching-bag.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A Crime to Repeatedly Insult a Minor

  • With those three sentences, Wright gives relief and intellectual ballast to those believers weary of the punching-bag tone of the recent faith-and-reason debates.

    More on Robert Wright's The Evolution of God

  • ` Even Antonio the punching-bag didn't manage anything like it.

    "Free Craig X. Rubin!"

  • This, then, is the man who -- although unelected -- was, by and large, defended, and at crucial times applauded, by "the liberal media" (although, typically, he seeshimself as their long-suffering punching-bag).

    Bush's Swan Song

  • "(However) we refuse to any longer be a passive punching-bag for persons and organisations with ulterior motives," the organisation said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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