from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A minor league.

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  • noun idiomatic A professional sports association at the lower levels of minor league organization.
  • noun figuratively, by extension A low-ranking or inferior level among groups, professions, organizations, etc.
  • adjective Having inferior quality.
  • adjective Amateurish.

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  • noun a league of teams that do not belong to a major league (especially baseball)


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  • I enjoy a good hockey game, the competition between two teams, and outstanding players, however, I stopped watching the NHL with all the bush league, drop your sticks and gloves and slug it out like a bunch of goons.

    Winnipeg Sun

  • To call that move bush league is an insult to bush leagues everywhere.

    Bugs & Cranks


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