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punching bag

an inflated or stuffed bag, usually suspended, punched with the fists as an exercise.
Informal. a person serving as an object of abuse; scapegoat:
I told him that I wasn't going to be a punching bag for anyone.
Origin of punching bag
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for punching bag
  • The thing about a punching bag is that it's heavier than it looks.
  • All you need to do is roughly align your ambulant pugilist with a human punching bag, then let loose on him.
  • Perry has admitted he's been the punching bag at debates.
  • He then hits the punching bag for another half hour and finishes with pushups and sit-ups.
  • Afterward, visitors can get a mini-lesson on how to tangle with a punching bag.
Slang definitions & phrases for punching bag

punching bag

noun phrase

A target; butt; whipping boy; scapegoat: Milken has come to be regarded as a handy punching bag for everything that went wrong in the 1980s (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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