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

bush league

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bush leaguer noun

Examples of bush-league in a Sentence

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What happened in the California state Assembly truly was a bush-league error. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2023
But, while thrifty, those are the sort of hacks that style insiders consider bush league. Aria Darcella, WSJ, 29 June 2023 On air:Arizona Diamondbacks refute 'bush league' comments from San Francisco Giants' Jon Miller What to know: World Baseball Classic returns to Phoenix's Chase Field The other offerings are different, with the exception of his slider, which has long been his go-to off-speed pitch. The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2023 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1908, in the meaning defined above


1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bush-league was in 1896

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bush league

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“Bush-league.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush-league. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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