Definition of punchbag in English:



  • 1A stuffed cylindrical bag suspended so it can be punched for exercise or training, especially by boxers.

    • ‘But he had a blue bed, a red punchbag, a Jackass poster, a green alarm clock, a wooden wardrobe, and a writing desk.’
    • ‘The South African decided to withdraw because of a wrist injury he picked up after hitting a punchbag in the garage of his Wentworth home earlier this month.’
    • ‘Cade's fists made hard contact with the punchbag.’
    • ‘Working with leather is a favourite of his, and he's made things like punchbags for boxing clubs.’
    • ‘He no longer pummels the light punchbag that has travelled with him from home to home over the years, and these days he occasionally uses a cane to assist his progress.’
    • ‘Others cultivated a swagger or bragged about the punchbag they had at home, bought by mum after constant pressure, most likely from Moore's Catalogue.’
    • ‘Maybe when you punch a punchbag you are simply releasing more endorphins that improve your mood.’
    • ‘I do some aerobics stuff and use the punchbag for some boxing training.’
    • ‘The boxer's punchbag is still swinging on its chain when I enter, and here's something else that's disconcerting: an entire wall stacked floor to ceiling with files.’
    • ‘He was giving a martial arts demonstration, beating up a punchbag, and was more interested in watching the women watching him than in taking care over what he was doing.’
    • ‘I'm up at eight and in the gym, and back in the ring sparring and on the punchbags in the afternoon.’
    • ‘They stock every conceivable type of ball, as well as darts, boxing gloves, punchbags, headguards, snooker cues, goggles, running spikes and karate suits.’
    • ‘Hatton now stands beside Macklin, who is working on the punchbag, talking to him about technique.’
    • ‘The turning process will comprise exhibition contests between boxers of the same weight, shadow boxing, working on a punchbag and rope-skipping.’
    • ‘When he was answered in the affirmative, he immediately became impressed as he danced around the ring and whamming suspended punchbags with that famous right hand.’
    • ‘When the Daily Dispatch visited the Welsh camp, Qhushu was busy pounding a punchbag preparing for a fight in Johannesburg whose details are yet to be finalised.’
    • ‘Instead she works hard for about an hour and a half twice a week knocking seven bells out of punchbags, completing gruelling gym circuits and sparring with men, usually six-footers who tower over her in the ring.’
    • ‘She explains how she drew a cross on a punchbag at the exact height of Ward's chin and trained to hit it.’
    • ‘The poverty-stricken young Joe rigged up a make-do punchbag in his rickety garden shed.’
    • ‘‘The club have got me doing a lot of weights and I've been boxing with the punchbag to give myself more body strength,’ says Luke, whose display at Sunderland last Saturday was highly praised by Fergie.’
    1. 1.1 A person on whom another person vents their anger.
      ‘all I would be was a punchbag for his escaping fury’
      • ‘Jussi Jaaskelainen has no intention of being a punchbag for the Premiership's big-hitters.’
      • ‘Pendle desperately needs an MP who will work closely with the council on behalf of local people, instead of trying to use the council as a political punchbag.’
      • ‘He also showed he could still take a punch, and he needed to for eight rounds as Lewis' size and skill advantage reduced him to a walking punchbag.’
      • ‘She swings with total conviction from her descriptions of disco dancing, being beaten, being drunk, being raped, being happy and laughing, to being a mother, a victim, a lover and a punchbag.’
      • ‘Fed up with being a critical punchbag, he retreated, first to Ireland and then to a bungalow in Cornwall, together with his wife, dogs and library of over 30,000 books.’
      • ‘When he wasn't being banged to the ground, Bergman was falling over himself as Hare treated him like a personal punchbag.’
      • ‘One man who didn't seem all that relaxed was Health Minister Micheal Martin who, after a mere three years serving as the cabinet punchbag, looks a little frayed around the edges.’
      • ‘For the first eight rounds it was close, but thereafter LaMotta became a virtual punchbag.’
      • ‘We all remember Knightmare - sword and sorcery adventure gameshow for playground punchbags.’
      • ‘Ariel Sharon has become the punchbag of the anti-war movement - the easy target ‘mass murderer’ who everybody loves to hate.’
      • ‘Both Graham and Ben are used as punchbags in his comedy set.’
      • ‘And who could begrudge the big fella the easy life after all those years being used as a punchbag for some of the baddest men on the planet?’
      • ‘He may have played the role of diplomatic punchbag in the Arab world, but on the other side of the Atlantic his stock is rising.’
      • ‘Gavin Clinch - the man who makes Salford tick - became a punchbag for the Centurions, who had Phil Kendrick sent off at the death for a second needless, reckless challenge on the Reds play-maker.’
      • ‘The prime minister's wife is a favourite punchbag of Wheen's, and it isn't hard to see why.’
      • ‘That was always the unfortunate lot of the bottom-of-the-bill punchbags and dinner-club fighters - someone had to die to get famous.’
      • ‘But Hatton said: ‘Junior's last few opponents have been punchbags with arms - their standard has been terrible.’’
      • ‘Apple became a ritual hate figure on the internet and a punchbag for comedians.’
      • ‘But then I've always used Rebus in this wanton way, as a punchbag of sorts.’
      • ‘He's a good policeman but a terrible human being - using his wife as an emotional punchbag.’