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spitball

[spit-bawl] /ˈspɪtˌbɔl/
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
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; spit1 + ball1
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spitball

noun
  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+)
verb

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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