for bragging was “bush”


Senior Member
Hello all,

Those ad campaigns celebrating the Big Apple, those T-shirts with a heart design proclaiming “I love New York,” are signs, pathetic in their desperation, of how the mighty has fallen. New York City used to leave the bragging to others, for bragging was “bush” .
source: The Atlantic | September 1978 | Loving and Hating New York | Thomas Griffith

What's the exact definition of "bush" here?
Does this work?
7. the bush informal the countryside, as opposed to the city: out in the bush.
link: bush

Many many thanks.
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    "Bush" (short for "bush league") means small-time, unworthy of respect. The "bush leagues" were baseball minor leagues that operated in rural areas.
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