curve ball

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curve ball

1. In baseball, a ball that curves in its trajectory toward home plate. He's a good batter, but he has a hard time hitting a curve ball.
2. An unexpected occurrence or thing that causes confusion or uncertainty. I thought I had confirmed my hypothesis, so these results are a real curve ball.
3. A deceptive action or thing. I don't know, I think her sudden displays of affection are just a curve ball to get me to trust her.
See also: ball, curve
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When Wolff was approached by the Oakland Tribune about the possibility of selling the A's to the group of investors assembled that are willing to keep the club in Oakland, Wolff threw a curve ball.
Whenever I hear about a thrower who has a curve ball (or any other breaking pitch), I will discover that the pitch is actually a fastball that goes inside, outside, up, or down
It is very important for a pitcher to learn to throw a curve ball that is inside and outside.