brushback

noun
brush·back | \ˈbrəsh-ˌbak \

Definition of brushback 

: a pitch intentionally thrown near the batter's head or body in baseball

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The latest head-swerving shift in Trump’s approach to North Korea’s nuclear threat appeared a direct brushback to Trump’s own national security advisor, John Bolton, a hard-line hawk who had pushed the upfront and all-at-once disarmament scenario. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "With rival camps in his inner circle, Trump's ideas on North Korea have evolved," 6 June 2018 Trump said earlier this month in a brushback to Democratic efforts to campaign against the tax cuts. Time, "Democrats and Republicans Agree: 85% Say Congress Is Doing a Lousy Job," 26 Feb. 2018 Trump said earlier this month in a brushback to Democratic efforts to campaign against the tax cuts. Time, "Democrats and Republicans Agree: 85% Say Congress Is Doing a Lousy Job," 26 Feb. 2018 Trump said earlier this month in a brushback to Democratic efforts to campaign against the tax cuts. Time, "Democrats and Republicans Agree: 85% Say Congress Is Doing a Lousy Job," 26 Feb. 2018 Trump said earlier this month in a brushback to Democratic efforts to campaign against the tax cuts. Time, "Democrats and Republicans Agree: 85% Say Congress Is Doing a Lousy Job," 26 Feb. 2018 One early at-bat came against boyhood idol Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who delivered a brushback pitch to the then-19-year-old. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Rusty Staub, a New Orleans baseball legend, never felt far from home," 29 Oct. 2017 The brushback protocol ends with an A’s player with a broken finger. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Discarded athletes find good homes in Bay Area," 17 Mar. 2018 Trump said earlier this month in a brushback to Democratic efforts to campaign against the tax cuts. Time, "Democrats and Republicans Agree: 85% Say Congress Is Doing a Lousy Job," 26 Feb. 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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