Word of the Day : December 7, 2018
sandbag \SAND-bag\ 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
d : to conceal or misrepresent one's true position, potential, or intent especially in order to take advantage over : to hide the truth about oneself so as to gain an advantage over another
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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.
Aired December 7, 2018
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