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bush league

noun, Baseball.
1905-10, Americanism


[boo sh-leeg] /ˈbʊʃˌlig/
inferior or amateurish; mediocre:
a bush-league theatrical performance.
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for bush-league
  • Actually, the plotted humor is conspicuously bush-league stuff.
Word Origin and History for bush-league
bush league
1908, from bush in the slang sense of "rural, provincial," which originally was not a value judgment.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bush-league

bush league

adjective phrase

Mediocre; second-or third-rate; bush, small-time: a bush-league hoodlum/ Your ideas are invariably bush league

noun phrase
  1. A baseball minor league of professional or semiprofessional players (1908+)
  2. Any subordinate, apprentice, or amateur enterprise: The road companies are sometimes bush leagues for aspirants to Broadway (1908+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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