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spit it out

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  1. A pitch thrown using a ball wetted with spit or otherwise illegally besmeared (1905+ Baseball)
  2. A nasty but feeble attack: despite the spitballs he keeps getting from the critical liberal media (1970s+)


To speculate; propose conclusions or possibilities: Well, I'm just spit-balling/ You're just spit-balling (1955+)

[second noun and verb senses fr the mischievous schoolboy's vice of throwing bits of paper soaked in saliva; verb sense fr the notion of tossing such spitballs more or less idly]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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