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Punching bag

Posted by ESC on February 12, 2003

In Reply to: Meaning and origin posted by curious on February 12, 2003

: Can someone tell me please the meaning and origin of the phrase "use someone like a punch bag" ?

A "punching bag" an padded object used in a gym. You punch or hit it to build up your strength. If you use someone as a punching bag, you are hitting him or her. And that's BAD.