Word of the day

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sandbag (noun) – A bag filled with sand and used as ballast, in the formation of protective walls, or as a weapon.

(verb) – 1. To put sandbags in or around.
2. To hit with a sandbag.
3. (Slang) (a) To treat severely or unjustly.
(b) To force by crude means; coerce.
(c) To downplay or misrepresent one’s ability in a game or activity in order to deceive (someone), especially in gambling.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : In the 19th century, the verb sandbag began to be used to describe the act of bludgeoning someone with a small, sand-filled bag—a tactic employed by ruffians, usually as a prelude to robbing their victims. The verb went on to develop metaphorical extensions, such as “to coerce by crude means.” By the 1940s, it was being used of a strategy in which a poker player with a good hand bets weakly, in order to draw other players into holding on to their hands and raising the bet. The use of sandbag has since evolved to refer to a general strategy of playing down one’s position in order to gain some sort of advantage.


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