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  1. A garbage collector (WWII armed forces)
  2. A despicable person; filthy lout; crud, scumbag: Those people in the store must have thought I was some kind of dirt bag/ Why don't you throw this dirtbag in jail, deputy?/ He ended up being chased down the hall by a dirtball with a knife (1970s+)
  3. A dirty, smelly patient brought into the emergency room off the street (1990s+ Medical)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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dirtball in Technology

(XEROX PARC) A small, perhaps struggling outsider; not in the major or even the minor leagues. For example, "Xerox is not a dirtball company".
Outsiders often observe in the PARC culture an institutional arrogance which usage of this term exemplifies. The brilliance and scope of PARC's contributions to computer science have been such that this superior attitude is not much resented. - ESR
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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