punching bag

noun
1.
an inflated or stuffed bag, usually suspended, punched with the fists as an exercise.
2.
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:
1895–1900

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punching bag

noun
1. a person on whom another person vents their anger; "he resigned because his boss used him as a punching bag" 
2. an inflated ball or bag that is suspended and punched for training in boxing 
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Example sentences
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.
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