American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Baseball An inside, usually high fastball intended to force the batter to move away from the plate.
- brush + back (Wiktionary)
“Filmed on location, the movie's director, Sheen's son Estevez revealed that in attempting to lighten the load of his 71-year-old father's backpack, he got brushback from his dad, who wanted to carry the realistically heavier pack, maintaining it would help him play the part better.”
“The entire Senate GOP conference ought to deliver a similar brushback to the Fed's blatant election-year politicking.”
“Rep. Jose Serrano is firing a brushback pitch at the state of Arizona for passing a strict new immigration law”
“What we're seeing here, of course, are moves that come right out of the hack-lawyer playbook: a bullshit threat of discovery intended to scare the owners of the City Paper into acceding to demands, with a brushback pitch aimed at the Post -- a reminder that they're being creeped on -- as an added bonus.”
“With a no-fee measure now on the ballot and expected to pass, the usually amiable Leggett delivered a brushback pitch this week, proposing $12.9 million in cuts, much of it from Fire and Rescue Service, to fill the gap.”
“Werth told Storen that he had gained respect for him by throwing the brushback pitch.”
“Dodgers owner Frank McCourt tries a brushback pitch on Bud Selig.”
“The picture is rather clear: Fenty had no intention of holding to the council's spending limits, which were imposed last summer in no small part as a brushback to mayoral authority.”
“One of the places they found money was the summer-jobs program -- not only was it an easy pot of cash to tap, it also served as a brushback to Mayor Adrian Fenty.”
“Axelrod and Rahm chimed in to push the line that Fox was “not a news organization,” and Gibbs defended his colleagues for their “chin music,” baseball lingo for throwing brushback pitches.”
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