dibbly-dobbley

Definition

Cricket

  • noun a bowler of limited ability, typically a medium-pace seamer whose main contribution is restricting run-scoring opportunities
    Citation ‘The Zimbabweans were so poor, they bowled first in the most helpful conditions imaginable and allowed England to make 472. Then they lost 19 wickets in a day, eight of them to part-time dibbly-dobbleys’ (Tim de Lisle, Independent 28 May 2003)
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