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Punching bag   /pˈəntʃɪŋ bæg/   Listen
Punching bag

A person on whom another person vents their anger.
An inflated ball or bag that is suspended and punched for training in boxing.  Synonyms: punch bag, punchball, punching ball.

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"Punching bag" Quotes from Famous Books

... in a Stable. He had a yellow Punching Bag, a Sponge, a Bath-Robe and several Towels. Two Paper-Hangers who were out of Work acted as his Trainers. They rubbed him with Witch Hazel all day, and in the Evening the Boy stood around in a Sweater and Talked out of the corner of his Mouth. He said he was Trained to the Minute, as Hard ...
— Fables in Slang • George Ade

... it doesn't. What you like is of no consequence," Mrs. McGregor announced, with a majestic sweep of her hand. "The chief thing is that you exercise your mind and learn how to use it. The Latin itself amounts to nothing. It is like boxing gloves or a punching bag, a thing that serves its turn to limber up your brain. It is learning to ...
— Carl and the Cotton Gin • Sara Ware Bassett

Words linked to "Punching bag" :   punching ball, victim, ball, punch bag, punchball

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