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spit +‎ ball


spitball (plural spitballs)

  1. (baseball) A pitch of a baseball that has been partly covered with saliva, illegal at most levels.
  2. A balled-up piece of paper, moistened with saliva (by chewing) and shot through a drinking straw.


spitball (third-person singular simple present spitballs, present participle spitballing, simple past and past participle spitballed)

  1. (baseball) To moisten the ball with saliva before pitching it.
  2. To brainstorm ideas.
    • 1950s.
    • 1992, A Few Good Men (film)
      Maybe, and I'm just spitballing here, maybe, we have a responsibility as officers to train Santiago.
    • 2008, Role Models, 01:09:07.
      - Yes, Wheeler?
      - Question. Maybe a stupid one, but I'm just spitballing here.

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