Sandbagging is the practice of keeping financial estimates conservative so that they are more likely to exceed expectations. We do a similar thing at work. Always under promise, always over deliver.
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people put bags of sand against the shores of rivers and lakes the idea is [A flooded living room appears]
that the sand absorbs the water and slows the flooding hopefully saving a
few basements along the way when a company sandbags they try to keep
estimates of financials extremely conservative they publish vastly
underwhelming numbers so that when the real numbers come in while the company [Newspaper of company earnings appear]
looks heroic by sandbagging they set the bar low like a two-foot tall hurdle so
that when they successfully leap over those hurdles with tons of clearance [A deer jumping over hurdles]
well they look like gazelles which unfortunately have been banned from
Olympic competition doping who would have guessed?