\ ˈbu̇sh-ˌlēg How to pronounce bush-league (audio) \

Definition of bush-league

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being of an inferior class or group of its kind : marked by a lack of sophistication or professionalism

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Examples of bush-league in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sure, the Bucs are trying to get ready for the playoffs, but this was bush league. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 26 Dec. 2020 In contemporary universities, in the social sciences and humanities, calling oneself Dr. is thought bush league. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 11 Dec. 2020 The chief antagonist to these concerned scientists is Edward Teller (Joel Basman), the most fervent advocate for the construction of a hydrogen bomb that would make the atomic blasts in Japan seem almost bush league. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Jan. 2020 Highlighting only Kitchens’ blunders when calling identical plays and hiding his successes is deceitful and bush league. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 17 Oct. 2019 Not to be outdone, Richard Mille, grand master of alternative material innovation, is at the final stage of crafting a watch case from a material that relegates even unobtanium to the bush leagues by its sheer badassitude. Wei Koh, A-LIST, 3 Apr. 2018 The other maddening thing is that the Zinke scandal seems almost bush league in the swampy World Series of corruption that is Donald Trump’s Washington. Will Bunch, Philly.com, 5 Oct. 2017

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1908, in the meaning defined above


1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Bush-league.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush-league. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bush-league

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of very low quality

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