from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bag filled with sand and used as ballast, in the formation of protective walls, or as a weapon.
  • transitive v. To put sandbags in or around.
  • transitive v. To hit with a sandbag.
  • transitive v. Slang To treat severely or unjustly.
  • transitive v. Slang To force by crude means; coerce: sandbagged us into cleaning up their mess.
  • transitive v. Slang To downplay or misrepresent one's ability in a game or activity in order to deceive (someone), especially in gambling: sandbagged the pool player by playing poorly in the first game when stakes were low.
  • intransitive v. Slang To downplay or misrepresent one's ability in order to deceive someone, especially in gambling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a bag, filled with sand, that can be used to weigh something down, to make a defensive wall against flooding etc, or as a weapon
  • v. To construct a wall of sandbags (around something).
  • v. To strike someone with a sandbag or other object to disable or render unconscious.
  • v. To deceive someone by pretending to be weak, or (in cards) to have a weak hand.
  • v. To pretend to drink early on so that as the night draws on one can drink everyone "under the table".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A long bag filled with sand, used as a club by assassins.
  • n. A bag filled with sand; small sandbags may be used as a weapon, or larger ones to build walls or as ballast.
  • v. To treat harshly or unfairly.
  • v. To hit something or somebody with or as if with a sandbag.
  • v. To protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up.
  • v. To thwart (another person's plans) by surreptitious maneuvers.
  • v. To intimidate or coerce, especially by crude methods.
  • v. To deceive and take advantage of (a person) by misrepresenting one's true intentions.
  • v. To encourage opponents into betting more by first refraining from betting while having a strong hand, and only later raising the stakes. In informal games, certain types of sandbagging are forbidden.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hit or beat with a sand-bag.
  • n. A bag filled with sand.
  • n. A cylindrical tube of flexible and strong material filled with sand, by which a heavy blow may be struck which leaves little or no mark on the skin: a weapon used by ruffians.
  • n. A bag of sand which was attached to a quintain.
  • n. A long narrow bag of fiannel, filled with sand, used to cover crevices between window-sashes or under doors, or laid on the stage of a theater behind flats and wings to prevent lights at the back from shining through the spaces left at junctions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag
  • v. downplay one's ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive, as in gambling
  • v. treat harshly or unfairly
  • v. protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up
  • v. compel by coercion, threats, or crude means
  • n. a bag filled with sand; used as a weapon or to build walls or as ballast


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