punching bagpunch·ing bag
- a stuffed or inflated leather bag hung up so that it can be punched for exercise or practice
- a person or group repeatedly made the object of blame, derision, anger, etc.
- A stuffed or inflated leather bag that is usually suspended so that it can be punched or kicked for practice or exercise.
- A target of frequent criticism or abuse: “He &ellipsis; became a punching bag for every comic's fat jokes” (Vanity Fair).