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sandbag (n.)

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

sandbag (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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Definitions of sandbag from WordNet
1
sandbag (v.)
treat harshly or unfairly;
sandbag (v.)
compel by coercion, threats, or crude means;
They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone
Synonyms: dragoon / railroad
sandbag (v.)
hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag;
Synonyms: stun
sandbag (v.)
downplay one's ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive, as in gambling;
sandbag (v.)
protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up;
The residents sandbagged the beach front
2
sandbag (n.)
a bag filled with sand; used as a weapon or to build walls or as ballast;
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