a ball that is batted up into the air.
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What does "scattergood" mean?
a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
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Also called fly.
Compare ground ball.
Origin of fly ball
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
Words nearby fly ball
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
Example sentences from the Web for fly ball
The fly-ball governor replaced the throttle-valve which was at first used by Watt to regulate the speed of his engines.The Story of Great Inventions|Elmer Ellsworth Burns
Engines of the slide-valve type are usually provided either with a fly-ball throttling governor, or a shaft governor.Steam Engines|Anonymous