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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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Word Origin and History for spitball
n.

1846 in the schoolboy sense; 1905 in the baseball sense, from spit + ball (n.1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for spitball

spit

noun

Nothing; zilch, zip: ''What'd she come up with?'' ''Spit''

Related Terms

hot spit, not count for spit, not worth a bucket of warm spit, swap spit

[1960s+; a euphemism for shit]


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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