bush-league

adjective
\ 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

bush league

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Definition of bush league (Entry 2 of 2)

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bush leaguer noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "'Adventures of a Mathematician': Film Review | Palm Springs 2020," 17 Jan. 2020 Highlighting only Kitchens’ blunders when calling identical plays and hiding his successes is deceitful and bush league. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Repeating play calls hasn’t been working very well for the Browns’ Freddie Kitchens -- Film Review," 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, "How the Watch Industry Plundered the Periodic Table," 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, "With epic corruption in D.C., the fish stinks from the head | Will Bunch," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of bush-league

Adjective

1908, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bush-league was in 1902

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“Bush-league.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush-league. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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bush-league

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English Language Learners Definition of bush-league

US, informal : of very low quality

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