bush league

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bush league

n. Sports
A minor league.

bush leaguer n.
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bush′ league`

[1905–10, Amer.]


inferior or amateurish; mediocre.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bush league - a league of teams that do not belong to a major league (especially baseball)bush league - a league of teams that do not belong to a major league (especially baseball)
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
minor-league club, minor-league team - a team that plays in a minor league
league, conference - an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
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Now, it can be said, the Filipinos are in the bush leagues. The political scene, indeed, is fatally flawed by an oligarchy that arrogantly refuses to recognize the merits of social justice, social mobility and income redistribution.
He would follow in their footsteps, further enhancing SU's reputation as the nation's foremost producer of sportscasters.<br />Costas' skills already were so refined by the time he arrived on campus, that WSYR, Syracuse's NBC television and radio affiliate, gave him part-time gigs as a weekend sports anchor and as the play-by-play man for the Syracuse Blazers, an Eastern Hockey League team that was one of the inspirations for "Slapshot," the cult classic comedy film about life in the brawling bush leagues, starring Paul Newman.<br />Costas has many fond memories of those days, when the fisticuffs in backwater hockey towns like Johnstown, Pa., weren't restricted to the players on the ice.
It's not surprising, then, that in baseball, a bird in the hand is worth three in the bush leagues.
Due to the unprecedented outflow of talent from professional rosters, by 1945 major-league baseball "was played at a level that resembled the bush leagues" (1).