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grapefruit league

noun, Baseball Informal.
1.
a series of training games played by major-league teams before the opening of the season (so named because they take place in the citrus-growing South, as in Florida).
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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grapefruit league

noun phrase

The association of major-league teams as they play each other in preseason training

[1937+ Baseball; fr the fact that most spring training camps are held in citrus-growing regions]


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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