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Sandbagging, hiding the strength, skill or difficulty of something or someone early in an engagement, may refer to:

  • Sandbagging in billiards and other games, deliberately playing below one's actual ability in order to fool opponents into accepting higher stakes bets, or to lower one's competitive rating in order to play in a future event with a higher handicap and consequently have a better chance to win; the term has spread to chess, golf and other such games. Also known as hustling.
  • Sandbagging (law), suing for a breach of a contractual representation or warranty despite having known at the time of the contract that it was untrue.
  • Sandbagging (sales), when one withholds sales on purpose to help him qualify for next month's promotions or withholds due to laziness.
  • Sandbagging (social), when one withholds comments or information that could support another person's or party's cause or argument, especially after a previous understanding, or implied understanding, that support would be provided.
  • Sandbagging (professional wrestling), where a wrestler being lifted intentionally shifts his weight to feel heavier, making the other wrestler appear weak or clumsy.

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