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Word Watch: Did Red Sox 'Scuffle' First Half of Season?

Word Watch: Did Red Sox 'Scuffle' First Half of Season?

Q: Recently I've heard several different baseball announcers use the word "scuffling" to describe a player or a team that's struggling, e.g., "The Red Sox have really been scuffling the first half of the season." I had never heard the word used that way before, and I wonder if you have any thoughts on this. — Karen Yardley via email A: Yes. Never count out a late-season surge by the Sox! We use "scuffle" most often to mean "to fight at close quarters, tussle," as when angry baseball players shove or chest-bump one another. But, according to Dickson's Baseball Dictionary, managers and players also use "scuffling"...

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