Definition of sandbag in English:


Syllabification: sand·bag
Pronunciation: /ˈsan(d)ˌbag


  • A bag filled with sand, typically used for defensive purposes or for protection from flooding.
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    • Finally, sand mixed with archeological fragments has been used to fill sandbags intended for protecting military positions.
    • They hired local men as translators or to fill sandbags at the camp.
    • Along the perimeter, sandbags are being filled and wire is laid.

verb (sandbags, sandbagging, sandbagged)

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  • 1 (usually as adjective sandbagged) Barricade using sandbags: boarded-up shopfronts and sandbagged doorways
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    • The containers in which the soldiers live and operate could be sandbagged on the exterior to protect the occupants from small arms fire and fragmentation.
    • The device was sandbagged, the area cleared and then the tranquillity shattered briefly as a sympathetic charge disposed of the shell.
    • For each section, terram was laid, sandbags placed to hold it in position, and then the lines of historic palisades and piles were sandbagged.
  • 2Hit or fell with or as if with a blow from a sandbag.
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    • For Daniel's son, history will sandbag him out of a pleasantly drifting existence as he grapples with questions of race and confronts his own colonisation.
    • Microsoft can, and you can bet, probably will use this procedure to sandbag future litigation: it adds several months to any future case as the respective lawyers set their meters running.
    • Adverse customer reaction will quite possibly sandbag this one, but remember to ask yourself if you really need that new SIM right now.
  • 2.1North American Coerce; bully.
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    • He had already announced that he was planning to leave the program to work on a book, but he knew he had been sandbagged, and he didn't like it.
    • But they sandbagged her, so the last thing she was going to do was take insults from the man who almost ruined her career.
    • This in itself is A-OK, but such countries run the risk of being sandbagged by protectionist tariffs initiated by neighbouring nations.
  • 3 [no object] Deliberately underperform in a race or competition to gain an unfair advantage.
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    • Either they sandbagged during qualifying and practice or they gave very high downforce to the cars to make them slower during those sessions.



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  • Now he plays with ‘an eclectic group of thieves, sandbaggers and miscreants’ at public courses like Brookside and Griffith Park.
  • It's a step that can be used to root out sandbaggers who inflate scores posted in casual play.
  • Kevin, who just two days before was hoisted upon the shoulders of his adoring fellow-competitors, is now, in true Pattaya fashion, being vilified as a sandbagger.

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