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sandbag

[′san‚bag]
(engineering)
A bag filled with sand; used to build temporary protective walls.
(geology)
In the roof of a coal seam, a deposit of glacial debris formed by scour and fill subsequent to coal formation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sandbag

In the backstage of a theater, a canvas bag filled with sand which is used to counterbalance hanging scenery or other equipment.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"On Wednesday two men came and said they were expecting high tides and they we were told they were going to put sandbags on the underpass but it never happened.
Gareth Roberts in front of the sandbags to cope with the constant threat of flooding from an overflowing stream Pic: HADYN IBALL
"I bought a few sandbags when I moved in because I'd been warned, so I'm ready to help if needed."
People are asked not to climb on the bags or to walk in the area above the sandbags as it may affect the integrity of the barrier and the dune.
An RAF Chinook helicopter drops sandbags through the swell crack to help repair the dam at Toddbrook reservoir DANNY LAWSON
Businesses across Port Street, one of the areas worst affected by last month's downpour, lined their shops with sandbags, in preparation for what they had expected to be further potential flood damage.
Keith Miley, Operations engineer for IDOT's Carbondale office, said sandbags from his district are distributed to multiple locations in Jackson, Union and Alexander counties, protecting homes and property primarily from floodwaters of the Mississippi River.
'The authority is installing sandbags and filling the land to prevent any further deterioration,' said Vathana.
We also added about 2 feet to each measurement for the liner, knowing we'd have to cover additional length over our sandbags.
Some people are having to put sandbags at their doors to keep the flood out.