I. noun Date: 1590 a bag filled with sand and used in fortifications, as ballast, or as a weapon II. verb Date: 1860 transitive verb 1. to bank, stop up, or weight with sandbags 2. a. to hit or stun with or as if with a sandbag b. to treat unfairly or harshly c. to coerce by crude means <
are raiding the Treasury and sandbagging the government — C. W. Ferguson
d. to conceal or misrepresent one's true position, potential, or intent especially in order to take advantage of intransitive verb to hide the truth about oneself so as to gain an advantage over another • sandbagger noun

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  • sandbag — sand bag , v. To treat harshly or unfairly. [WordNet sense 1] [WordNet 1.6] 2. To hit something or somebody with or as if with a sandbag. [WordNet sense 2] [WordNet 1.6] 3. To protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up; as, the residents… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sandbag — (n.) 1590, from SAND (Cf. sand) (n.) + BAG (Cf. bag) (n.). The verb sense of pretend weakness is 1970s, extended from poker playing sense of refrain from raising at the first opportunity in hopes of raising more steeply later (1940), which… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sandbag — ► NOUN ▪ a bag of sand, used for defensive purposes or as ballast in a boat. ► VERB (sandbagged, sandbagging) 1) protect or reinforce with sandbags. 2) hit with or as if with a blow from a sandbag. 3) N. Amer. bully. DERIVAT …   English terms dictionary

  • sandbag — [sand′bag΄] n. 1. a bag filled with sand and used for ballast, in military fortifications, for levee protection against floods, etc. ☆ 2. a small, narrow bag filled with sand and used as a bludgeon vt. sandbagged, sandbagging 1. to place sandbags …   English World dictionary

  • sandbag — sand bag , n. A bag filled with sand; small sandbags may be used as a weapon, or larger ones to build walls or as ballast; as, they kept the flooding river from the area by buiding a temmporary dike out of sandbags. [WordNet 1.6] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sandbag — A sandbag (floodbag) is a sack made of burlap, polypropylene or other materials that is filled with sand or soil and used for such purposes as flood control, military fortification, shielding glass windows in war zones and ballast. Advantages are …   Wikipedia

  • sandbag — I UK [ˈsæn(d)ˌbæɡ] / US noun [countable] Word forms sandbag : singular sandbag plural sandbags a bag that is filled with sand and put in a pile with other sandbags to protect a place from flood water or explosions II UK [ˈsæn(d)ˌbæɡ] / US verb… …   English dictionary

  • sandbag — /ˈsændbæg/ (say sandbag) noun 1. a bag filled with sand, used in fortifications, levees, as ballast, etc. 2. a small bag filled with sand, used as a weapon. –verb (t) (sandbagged, sandbagging) 3. to furnish with sandbags: *The top of the mound… …   Australian English dictionary

  • sandbag — 1. tv. to force someone to do something. □ I don’t want to have to sandbag you. Please cooperate. □ Don’t let them sandbag you into buying something you don’t need. 2. tv. to deceive someone; to fool someone about one’s capabilities. □ Don’t let… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • sandbag — sandbagger, n. /sand bag /, n., v., sandbagged, sandbagging. n. 1. a bag filled with sand, used in fortification, as ballast, etc. 2. such a bag used as a weapon. v.t. 3. to furnish with sandbags. 4. to hit or stun with a sandbag. 5. Informal. a …   Universalium

  • sandbag — [[t]sæ̱ndbæg[/t]] sandbags, sandbagging, sandbagged 1) N COUNT A sandbag is a cloth bag filled with sand. Sandbags are usually used to build walls for protection against floods or explosions. 2) VERB To sandbag something means to protect or… …   English dictionary

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