Definition of bush league in English:

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bush league

Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝oSH ˈˌlēɡ/
North American


A minor league of a professional sport, especially baseball: [as modifier]: their bush league image
More example sentences
  • What's the good of looking over a bush league outfit?
  • The peeling pastel-colored grandstand holds some 3,000 people, but the plant is less imposing than even a bush league track in the United States.
  • I once played in a bush league in South Trinidad where good batsmen had to ensure that they were never hit on the pads.


(bush-league) informal
Not of the highest quality or sophistication; second-rate.
Example sentences
  • One, who asked for anonymity, called it ‘brazenly absurd,’ and added that it was ‘a typical bush-league move.’
  • It costs nothing to read this public display of stupidity that gives our country a bush league image.
  • Let's be honest: the officiating in that game was bush; bush league.


bush leaguer

Example sentences
  • But these shake-down artists are bush-leaguers compared to the all-time King of the Shake-Down.
  • Bakula's success at turning around the hapless squad of bush-leaguers and has-beens earns them a game against the big-league club and its arrogant skipper.
  • This has allowed the Colorado Rockies’ decent sluggers to become titans, while reducing dominant pitchers to bush-leaguers.

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