One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A minor league of a professional sport, especially baseball.as modifier ‘their bush league image’
- ‘But in the 1930s and 1940s, it meant a ticket to the bush leagues.’
- ‘So I went beating around the bush leagues with a couple of NBA scouts whose jobs are, admittedly, depressing - they have to scout the high school ranks.’
- ‘The peeling pastel-colored grandstand holds some 3,000 people, but the plant is less imposing than even a bush league track in the United States.’
- ‘What's the good of looking over a bush league outfit?’
- ‘I once played in a bush league in South Trinidad where good batsmen had to ensure that they were never hit on the pads.’
Of mediocre quality; second-rate.
run-of-the-mill, ordinary, middle-of-the-road, average, common, commonplace, everyday, workaday, quotidian, pedestrian, suburban, mundane, mediocre, humdrum, prosaic, lacklustre, unexceptional, indifferent, forgettable, unmemorable, uninspired, unimpressive, unexciting, unspectacular, uneventful, unremarkable, inconsequential, unnoticeable, inconspicuous, characterless, featureless, nondescript, plain, simple, fair, not bad, passable, all right, middling, moderateView synonyms
- ‘It costs nothing to read this public display of stupidity that gives our country a bush league image.’
- ‘One, who asked for anonymity, called it ‘brazenly absurd,’ and added that it was ‘a typical bush-league move.’’
- ‘We aren't a bush league company like many have claimed, we are big league.’
- ‘Let's be honest: the officiating in that game was bush; bush league.’
- ‘Well, these are bush league catastrophe worries.’
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