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minor league

any association of professional sports teams other than the major leagues, especially when the member teams are associated with or controlled by major-league teams, which use them as training and proving teams for promising players.
Origin of minor league
1880-85, Americanism
Related forms
minor-leaguer, noun


[mahy-ner-leeg] /ˈmaɪ nərˈlig/
of or relating to a minor league.
of little import or consequence:
a painter with a minor-league talent.
1945-50, Americanism
2. insignificant, lesser, second-rate. Unabridged
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  • So, when Joe received an offer from the manager of one of the minor league professional teams, he took it.

  • Why, there are very few ministers who make as much as even an ordinary player in a minor league.

  • All were jubilant that they had escaped the humiliation of being whipped by a minor league team.

  • He lost flesh, and time after time begged McGraw to send him to a minor league or to turn him loose altogether.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
British Dictionary definitions for minor league

minor league

(US & Canadian) any professional league in baseball other than a major league Compare major league
(modifier) of relatively little importance: that firm is very minor league
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Slang definitions & phrases for minor league


adjective phrase

Not of the highest quality or type; second-rate: This author exhibits a minor-league talent/ With my 50-word vocabulary I'd be a busher in that company, having had no minor league experience

[1926+; the original baseball use is found by 1884]

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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