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Then he was just a busher, a rookie, a nobody who had his reputation yet to win.

He can take a busher and develop him into a star quicker than any man I ever saw outside of McRae.

I was pitching in the big league when you were a busher and Ill be pitching in it yet when youre fired back to the minors.

Early Baptists like Busher and Richardson had finely denied its validity.

These mishaps must have got on Burketts nerves, for he squarely muffed Thompsons pop fly that any busher could have caught.

A busher broke into the League with the Giants one fall and was batting against Pittsburg.

Many a busher I have seen go back who has tried hard to make good and just could not, and I have felt sorry for him.

The busher continued with his air until Devlin tried another form of persuasion.


"many-stemmed woody plant," Old English bysc, from West Germanic *busk "bush, thicket" (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German busc, Dutch bosch, bos, German Busch). Influenced by or combined with cognate words from Scandinavian (cf. Old Norse buskr, Danish busk, but this might be from West Germanic) and Old French (busche "firewood," apparently of Frankish origin), and also perhaps Anglo-Latin bosca "firewood," from Medieval Latin busca (whence Italian bosco, Spanish bosque, French bois), which apparently also was borrowed from West Germanic; cf. Boise.

In British American colonies, applied from 1650s to the uncleared districts, hence "country," as opposed to town (1780); probably originally from Dutch bosch in the same sense, because it seems to appear first in English in former Dutch colonies. Meaning "pubic hair" (especially of a woman) is from 1745. To beat the bushes (mid-15c.) is a way to rouse birds so that they fly into the net which others are holding, which originally was the same thing as beating around the bush (see beat (v.)).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.