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spitball

noun spit·ball \ ˈspit-ˌbȯl \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

Definition of spitball

1 : paper chewed and rolled into a ball to be thrown or shot as a missile
2 : a baseball pitch delivered after the ball has been moistened with saliva or sweat

Examples of spitball in a Sentence

  1. The kids were shooting spitballs at each other.

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First Known Use of spitball

1846

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spitball

verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of spitball

spitballed; spitballing
informal
: to propose (ideas, suggestions, etc.) for consideration in an informal, preliminary way
  • Writers spitballed story ideas; editors dreamed up coverage ….
  • —Nick Summers
  • He has his finger on every facet of the concert presentation, using rehearsals to tweak the visuals and spitball new ideas.
  • —Marshall Fine
  • Linklater, Coltrane, and Hawke had started spitballing dialogue a year earlier, though they'd begun anticipating the scene years before that.
  • —Nathan Heller
  • … it's probably a little late for Vance Joseph and his coaching staff to be spitballing on what kind of team they want the Broncos to be.
  • —Mark Kiszla

First Known Use of spitball

1950

in the meaning defined above

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