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inside baseball

1. adjective (hyphenated and used as a modifier before a noun) Relating to or containing nuanced details and minutiae that require such specific knowledge or insight as to be unintelligible or irrelevant to outsiders. The novel is so overwrought with long, inside-baseball descriptions of the publishing world that the plot, as may be appreciated by the common reader, is largely lost in the process.
2. noun An approach containing or concerned with nuanced details and minutiae requiring such specific knowledge or insight as to be unintelligible or irrelevant to outsiders. I hate going to dinner with my wife's economist friends. There's always so much inside baseball between them that I'm always left with nothing to talk about.
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Those subjects include such contemporary topics as the inside-baseball workings of government that C-SPAN serves its viewers as part of its daily fare.
Itzkoff's engrossing, unfolding narrative contains the perfect amount of inside-baseball moviemaking stories and anecdotes about stars.
Keep the Caps' will make sure Washington's inside-baseball crowd hears from taxpayers who can't afford more broken promises and runaway spending.
It's probably in part due to the inside-baseball reference to SATC's Charlotte York 6 Sorkin briefly dated Kristin Davis last summer 6 but there was a welcome winking in this scene, as though the girls knew how silly the whole thing was, and were asking us to please play along for the moment, like they were.
It was really just supposed to be sort of an inside-baseball look of what's going on inside the Capitol," Harrelson said.
Michael Quinn Sullivan, the president of Empower Texans, a conservative group active in state politics that opposes Straus, attributed the speaker's staying power to the inside-baseball dynamics of the speakership, which he said meant candidates were responsible to other lawmakers rather than to the electorate.
Its school-project materials and technique make it accessible, but its mote gratuitous inside-baseball subtitular name-checks (I Am History [After Peter Halley], and the like) pull counterproductively in the opposite direction.
While you might expect that he might have some particular inside-baseball position or point of view, that's not the case.
The good news about the gimmicky, inside-baseball title is, you know when it's on; the bad news is, no one's ever going to remember it.
The winner, Chicagoan Pete Jones, struggled to direct this feature, despite weather and collaborator problems and his own unpreparedness, and all that has made for good, snarky, inside-baseball soap opera on the HBO series Miramax produced, along with this low-budget film.
Lefcourt: ``That's a fight I have every now and then with Showtime, they say, `Will people understand this inside-baseball stuff?
And the overload of information, not just gossip but a substantial portion of inside-baseball data that only hard-core Hollywood types understood just a few years ago, has increased audiences' show-biz savvy.
Viewers were won over by the witty interplay among the principal characters, as well as Donovan's deadpan charisma as Westen as he explained inside-baseball tricks of the spy trade to viewers in droll voice-over narration.
There's mounting evidence that many afternoon talk shows bore listeners too work-weary for yet more political inside-baseball.
No lame entertainment-industry inside-baseball jokes that you laugh at only to prove to the others in the room that you get the Sumner Redstone/Steven Spielberg reference, not because it's actually funny.