• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sand-bag (fort.) a canvas bag filled with sand or earth, forming a ready means of giving cover against an enemy's fire, or of tamping the charge in a mine: an engraver's leather cushion, &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sand; Dut. zand, Ger. sand, Ice. sand-r.


In literature:

The pack bags with the supplies, and the few miners' tools that lay about, were all but buried in the sands.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Along the plain the enemy had a number of large thorn-stacks, with sand-bagged seats in their centres.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
They took a few lumps of rock and a canvas bag full of sand back with them from the mountain-side.
"A Honeymoon in Space" by George Griffith
He buried the bag and the papers 'way out in the sand and made a mark on the ties to find it by.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
There were wells, too, sunk in various places about the Labyrinth and adequately protected with sand-bags.
"With Our Army in Palestine" by Antony Bluett
Our last moments at Shukra were spent lying on the sand with our heads on a bag, and sheltered by a little bit of sacking on three sticks.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
For in between, one is sent off on all sorts of fatigues, drawing rations, sand bags, trench boards, etc., etc.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
Machine-guns behind heaped bags of sand.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
One day an order came for thirty thousand sand-bags.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
The bag contained nothing but worthless sand.
"The Young Miner" by Horatio Alger, Jr.

In poetry:

Of the continuous coarse
Sand-laden wind, time;
You must thicken, work loose
Into an old bag
Carrying a soiled name.
Parch then; be roughened; sag;
"Skin" by Philip Larkin
A bird full of bones, now I'm held by a sand bag.
The fracture was twice. The fracture was double.
The days are horizontal. The days are a drag.
All of the skeleton in me is in trouble.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton
Because Captain Maclaine set about repairing the old fort,
So as to make it comfortable for his men to resort;
And there he kept his men at work day by day,
Filling sand-bags and stuffing them in the walls without delay.
"A Humble Heroine" by William Topaz McGonagall
There was one woman in the fort during those trying dags,
A Mrs Reston, who is worthy of great praise;
She acted like a ministering angel to the soldiers while there,
By helping them to fill sand-bags, it was her constant care.
"A Humble Heroine" by William Topaz McGonagall
And while the shells shrieked around, and their fragments did scatter,
She was serving the men at the guns with wine and water;
And while the shot whistled around, her courage wasn't slack,
Because to the soldiers she carried sand-bags on her back.
"A Humble Heroine" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Sand-filled bags protect Eugene Ratner's home against the sea.
The storm drains overloaded with water and spilled over sand bags into neighboring homes.
An-My LĂȘ says she still remembers seeing her parents lay sand bags around the walls of her bedroom in Vietnam during the 1960s to protect against mortar blasts from the surrounding war.
Grab some chalk, a bag of sand, and a 2x4 for this quick leveling fix from our expert landscaper.
Have you ever had your head so full of mucus it feels like a bag of sand.
The closed New York Stock Exchange is barricaded with sand bags during the arrival of Hurricane Sandy Monday in New York City.
Sand bags protect the front of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct 29, 2012.
EHS students lend muscle to local sand- bagging effort.
The bags of rounded-end baby carrots are actually full-sized or broken carrots that have been tumbled or sanded to a uniform shape.
They are much easier to carry than the awkward bags that sand and salt come in.
The closed New York Stock Exchange, barricaded with sand bags is seen during the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 29.
San Diego County is making free sand and bags available to residents in anticipation of rain.
Citizens may pick up sand from the following locations: (Individuals must supply their own medium-sized garbage bags double bagged and their own shovels.
Purchase a bag of fine sand at a crafts or hardware store.
The closed New York Stock Exchange is barricaded with sand bags as the East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy.