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foul ball

noun, Baseball.
a batted ground ball that is hit and played outside the foul lines, or that passes outside the foul lines at first or third base, or that is played outside the foul line between home and first or third base regardless of where hit.
a batted fly ball played or landing outside the foul lines.
Slang. an incompetent, unlucky, or eccentric person.
Origin of foul ball
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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foul ball

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  1. An inferior fighter; palooka (1920s+ Prizefight)
  2. A useless and inadequate person; dull tool, loser: It is Scotty's boast that he hasn't sent a sponsor a foul ball yet (1920s+)
  3. A person having deviant convictions and attitudes; outsider; oddball (1930s+)

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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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