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punching bag (plural punching bags)

  1. A device, consisting of a tough cloth bag over sand or other material, used to practice punching, boxing or kicking.
  2. (figuratively) A person serving as an object of abuse.
    • 2019 April 14, Alex McLevy, “Winter is here on Game Of Thrones' final season premiere (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      For so long, Theon Greyjoy was the punching bag of Game Of Thrones, a sort of shitty Charlie Brown who not only failed to kick the football, but would then be beaten savagely with it every time he landed on his ass.


  • (device used to practice punching): speed bag

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