punching bag
noun Date: 1886 1. a stuffed or inflated bag that is usually suspended for free movement and that is punched for exercise or for training in boxing 2. one who is routinely abused or defeated by another

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  • punching bag — punching ,bag noun count AMERICAN 1. ) a large heavy bag that hangs from a rope and that people hit for exercise 2. ) someone who is always blamed when things go wrong, even for things that are not their fault: I m tired of being their punching… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • punching bag — A punching bag (or punch bag) is a person who gets a lot of unfair criticism …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • punching bag — punching bags N COUNT A punching bag is the same as a punchbag. [AM] …   English dictionary

  • punching bag — n. a stuffed or inflated leather bag hung up so that it can be punched for exercise or practice …   English World dictionary

  • punching bag — /ˈpantʃin(g) b0g, ingl. ˈpʌntʃɪŋbæɡ/ [vc. ingl., propr. «sacchetto da pugni»] loc. sost. m. inv. (nel pugilato) sacco …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Punching bag — A punching bag is a sturdy bag designed to be repeatedly punched, for use in physical exercise or stress relief in order to improve one of three areas: physical strength, aerobic fitness, or punching technique.HistoryPunching bags have been used… …   Wikipedia

  • punching bag — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms punching bag : singular punching bag plural punching bags American a punchbag …   English dictionary

  • punching bag — noun 1. a person on whom another person vents their anger he resigned because his boss used him as a punching bag • Hypernyms: ↑victim 2. an inflated ball or bag that is suspended and punched for training in boxing • Syn: ↑punch bag, ↑punching… …   Useful english dictionary

  • punching-bag — punchˈ bag or (N American) punchˈing bag noun 1. A large stuffed bag used for boxing practice 2. A person who is the target of another person s outbursts of anger (figurative) • • • Main Entry: ↑punch punching bag see ↑punch bag above. • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • punching bag — /ˈpʌntʃɪŋ bæg/ (say punching bag) noun an inflated or stuffed ball or bag, usually suspended, punched with the fists as exercise or training. Also, punching ball …   Australian English dictionary

  • punching bag — 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. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

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