spit ball

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • spit ball (Baseball) A pitched ball in throwing which the pitcher grips the ball between two, or three, fingers on one side (which is made slippery, as by saliva) and the thumb on the other side, and delivers it so that it slips off the fingers with the least possible friction; -- also called spitter. When pitched directly overhand a spit ball darts downward, when pitched with the arm extended sidewise it darts down and out. The use of such a pitch is against the rules of professional baseball.
    • spit ball Paper chewed, and rolled into a ball, to be thrown as a missile; -- a childish prank.
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Usage

In literature:

She spat on the iron, and a little ball of spit bounded, raced off the dark, glossy surface.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
Remember the big boys on the back seats, where the apple-cores and the spit-balls come from.
"Back Home" by Eugene Wood
Big drops of rain fell about me, spitting the dust like spent balls.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
He don't mind being hit in the head more than you do getting hit by a spit-ball.
"Brave Tom" by Edward S. Ellis
Evidently the pitcher intended to use the spit ball.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
It was as undismayed as the whitewashed wall of a schoolroom at which generations of small boys have flung impertinent spit-balls.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Consequently the report went around the circuit that Wagner couldn't hit the spit-ball.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
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In news:

I'm a baseball fan and I love to watch the Pirates play ball, but what disgusts me is their constant spitting -- spit, spit, spit -- on the field or in the dugout.
Spit balls, tack on the chair, frog in the coffee it's all been done to substitute teachers (at least in books and movies).
Jose Valverde Slo Motion Spit Ball Video.
This is video of Gary Evans blasting a drive, after spitting a ball from his mouth.
During Sunday night's nationally televised game between the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds, it certainly appeared as though Detroit closer Jose Valverde spit into his glove while the ball was placed inside.
Jodee Blanco suffered nasty pranks, spit-balls, ridicule and mockery at school.
Black shoe polish , a lighter, nylons, spit or faucet water, a freezer, cotton balls, wax.
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