punching-bag

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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