Meaning of punchbag in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpʌn(t)ʃbaɡ/

Translate punchbag into Spanish


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

    North American term punching bag

    ‘I do some aerobics stuff and use the punchbag for some boxing training.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They stock every conceivable type of ball, as well as darts, boxing gloves, punchbags, headguards, snooker cues, goggles, running spikes and karate suits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm up at eight and in the gym, and back in the ring sparring and on the punchbags in the afternoon.’
    • ‘Working with leather is a favourite of his, and he's made things like punchbags for boxing clubs.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maybe when you punch a punchbag you are simply releasing more endorphins that improve your mood.’
    • ‘She explains how she drew a cross on a punchbag at the exact height of Ward's chin and trained to hit it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cade's fists made hard contact with the punchbag.’
    • ‘The turning process will comprise exhibition contests between boxers of the same weight, shadow boxing, working on a punchbag and rope-skipping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he had a blue bed, a red punchbag, a Jackass poster, a green alarm clock, a wooden wardrobe, and a writing desk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The poverty-stricken young Joe rigged up a make-do punchbag in his rickety garden shed.’
    • ‘Hatton now stands beside Macklin, who is working on the punchbag, talking to him about technique.’
    1. 1.1A person on whom another person vents their anger.
      ‘all I would be was a punchbag for his escaping fury’
      • ‘He has become the punchbag of the anti-war movement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One man who didn't seem all that relaxed was the health minister who, after a mere three years serving as the cabinet punchbag, looks a little frayed around the edges.’
      • ‘Both Graham and Ben are used as punchbags in his comedy set.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The company became a ritual hate figure on the internet and a punchbag for comedians.’
      • ‘I've always used the character in this wanton way, as a punchbag of sorts.’