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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to throw out new ideas in the hope that some of them will be good ones

    I'm just spitballing here.

    Sometimes when we're spitballing ideas, we now stop and wonder what would happen if it came true.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 29/01/2015
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    also a noun meaning a ball of paper soaked in spit

    The boys in the class throw spitballs at the girls, and the teacher tells them not to do it.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 29/01/2015


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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