baling wire


Definition of baling wire

: wire originally designed to bind bales of hay or straw : haywire … were secured … by baling wire twisted through the padlock hasps.— Robert A. Caro often used figuratively Injury-riddled Michigan State might be considered a powerhouse, except its team is being held together with chewing gum and baling wire.— Lynn Zinse

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The Brewers held together a depleted rotation with spit and baling wire, relied heavily on the bullpen and tried to eke out enough runs from an offense that was too reliant on home runs to score. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Falling just short of playoff berth provides extra motivation for overachieving Brewers," 7 Oct. 2017

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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