spitball

spitball

[spit-bawl]
noun
1.
a small ball or lump of chewed paper used as a missile.
2.
Also called spitter. Baseball. a pitch, now illegal, made to curve by moistening one side of the ball with saliva or perspiration.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; spit1 + ball1

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spitball

noun
1. a projectile made by chewing a piece of paper and shaping it into a sphere 
2. an illegal pitch in which a foreign substance (spit or Vaseline) is applied to the ball by the pitcher before he throws it 
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