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sandbag

[sand-bag] /ˈsændˌbæg/
noun
1.
a bag filled with sand, used in fortification, as ballast, etc.
2.
such a bag used as a weapon.
verb (used with object), sandbagged, sandbagging.
3.
to furnish with sandbags.
4.
to hit or stun with a sandbag.
5.
Informal.
  1. to set upon violently; attack from or as if from ambush.
  2. to coerce or intimidate, as by threats:
    The election committee was sandbagged into nominating the officers for a second term.
  3. to thwart or cause to fail or be rejected, especially surreptitiously or without warning:
    He sandbagged our proposal by snide remarks to the boss.
6.
Poker. to deceive (one or more opponents) into remaining in the pot by refraining from betting on a strong hand, then raising the bet in a later round.
verb (used without object), sandbagged, sandbagging.
7.
Poker. to sandbag one or more opponents.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; sand + bag
Related forms
sandbagger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sandbagger

sandbag

/ˈsændˌbæɡ/
noun
1.
a sack filled with sand used for protection against gunfire, floodwater, etc, or as ballast in a balloon, ship, etc
2.
a bag filled with sand and used as a weapon
verb (transitive) -bags, -bagging, -bagged
3.
to protect or strengthen with sandbags
4.
to hit with or as if with a sandbag
5.
(finance) to obstruct (an unwelcome takeover bid) by prolonging talks in the hope that an acceptable bidder will come forward
Derived Forms
sandbagger, noun
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Word Origin and History for sandbagger

sandbag

n.

1580s, from sand (n.) + bag (n.).

v.

1860, "furnish with sandbags," from sandbag (n.). Meaning "pretend weakness," 1970s perhaps is extended from poker-playing sense of "refrain from raising at the first opportunity in hopes of raising more steeply later" (1940), which perhaps is from sandbagger in the sense of "bully or ruffian who uses a sandbag as a weapon to knock his intended victim unconscious" (1882). Hence "to fell or stun with a blow from a sandbag" (1887). Related: Sandbagged; sandbagging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sandbagger

sandbag

noun

A type of life preserver (WWII Navy)

verb
  1. To attack someone viciously, esp with a blackjack or similar bludgeon; bushwhack: I was sandbagged from behind (1887+)
  2. To intimidate; cow; bulldoze: Persuasion didn't work, so they tried to sandbag her (1901+)
  3. To check and then to raise the bet (1940+ Gambling)
  4. To pretend weakness or ineptitude; mislead an opponent by apparent inferiority: He charged that the Aussies were ''sand bagging'' (deliberately losing) to take the limelight off their disputed keel (1970s+)
  5. To drive a hot rod very fast (1950s+ Hot rodders)

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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