from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A piece of paper chewed and shaped into a lump for use as a projectile.
- n. Baseball An illegal pitch in which a foreign substance, such as saliva, is applied to the ball before it is thrown. Also called spitter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pitch of a baseball that has been partly covered with saliva, illegal at most levels.
- n. A balled up piece of paper, moistened with saliva (by chewing) and shot through a drinking straw.
- v. To brainstorm ideas.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Paper chewed, and rolled into a ball, to be thrown as a missile; -- a childish prank.
- n. A pitched ball in throwing which the pitcher grips the ball between two, or three, fingers on one side (which is made slippery, as by saliva) and the thumb on the other side, and delivers it so that it slips off the fingers with the least possible friction; -- also called spitter. When pitched directly overhand a spit ball darts downward, when pitched with the arm extended sidewise it darts down and out. The use of such a pitch is against the rules of professional baseball.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Paper chewed and made into a ball to be used as a missile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a projectile made by chewing a piece of paper and shaping it into a sphere
- n. an illegal pitch in which a foreign substance (spit or Vaseline) is applied to the ball by the pitcher before he throws it
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#123 – “You would have better luck hitting the moon with a spitball from the top of Everest than you would have getting any large number of gay men to practice celibacy.”
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Preacher Roe – admitted and bragged about spitball
Gaylord Perry – celebrated for his spitball, openly bragged about it.
A-Rod, Bonds and the others got caught in a paradigm shift – juicing, which had once been treated like throwing a spitball, was all of a sudden taken seriously for PR reasons.
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