- 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.
punching bagpunch·ing bag
- A stuffed or inflated bag made of leather or other durable material that is either mounted on a stand or suspended at a height suitable for being punched or kicked for practice or exercise.
- A target of frequent criticism or abuse: “He … became a punching bag for every comic's fat jokes” ( Vanity Fair )