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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Definitions for soupbone

  1. Baseball Slang. a pitcher's throwing arm.
  2. a bone used for making soup or broth.

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Citations for soupbone
"Got to rest the old soupbone," he said, flexing his pitching arm, which was muscular and huge, as he headed up the stairs. W. P. Kinsella, "Distances," The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt, 1988
"It's a free country," I said, and glanced over toward their pitcher. He had his uniform sleeve pulled all the way up so he could rub liniment on his tired soupbone. Harry Turtledove, The House of Daniel, 2016
Origin of soupbone
Soupbone entered English in the early 1900s. Just as the literal soupbone is essential in making soup, so too is the figurative one in playing ball.