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bush league

slang Subpar or inept; lame. The phrase comes from minor league baseball, in which some teams played on unkempt fields bordered by bushes, or in rural, "bush" towns. Primarily heard in US. Their operation is pretty bush league—no professionalism at all. The way you just let that forward go around you and score was bush league, dude—show some effort and play harder!
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bush league

  (American informal)
not done to the usual or accepted standards His article was a bush league stunt to discredit the company, and he has apologized.
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bush league

Anything amateurish or otherwise below professional caliber. Baseball teams have been divided into two broad categories. Major league teams, also known as the big leagues, have the most professional players who play in state-of-the-art stadiums. Then there are minor league teams, composed of players on their way up or down the baseball ladder and ballparks that range in quality from almost-major league to close-to-sandlot. The latter fields, especially those in rural areas, weren't always enclosed by fences; instead they had shrubbery around their perimeters. Hence the phrase “bush league,” where the level of play was far from major league ability. The expression quickly spread to any endeavor that was less than expertly done.
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Writing anything now, after the fact, is strictly bush league and doesn't make up for this unconscionable (to the baseball fan) omission.
Send the bully back to the Bush league, where he belongs.
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But if businesses continue to leave for greener pastures, particularly as they achieve profitability and employment growth, the community may one day find itself relegated to the technological bush league from which it came.
Todd Worrell thinks the work ethic of some big-money players is strictly bush league.
Destiny, by contrast, performed her athletic feat away down in the bush leagues, and so had to make do with the insults of a PETA farm club, the Animal Activists of Alachua.
It's not surprising, then, that in baseball, a bird in the hand is worth three in the bush leagues.
It came face to face with the dream of every athlete who has ever been stuck in the bush leagues looking up at the big time.
If that were the case, then Paul Jones would be the hottest prospect in the bush leagues, and the dominant quarter-horse trainer would be impatient for his call to the big show.
America will be back in the Bush leagues quicker than you can say Tom DeLay.