[boo sh-leeg]
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Origin of bush-league

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10

bush league

noun Baseball.
  1. minor league.

Origin of bush league

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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  • “Al” nodded knowingly, and the whole thing was a pantomime, a wordless play, that made Sumurun look like a bush-league production.

    Pitching in a Pinch

    Christy Mathewson

Word Origin and History for bush-league

bush league


"mean, petty, unprofessional," 1906, from baseball slang for the small-town baseball clubs below the minor league where talent was developed (by 1903), from bush (n.) in the slang sense of "rural, provincial," which originally was not a value judgment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper