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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It is most likely that the denunciation of the curve ball came from Professor Norton.
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
But pitchers generally use the same grip for the fastball and the slider (a pitch that travels faster than a curve ball but spins less) to avoid tipping off the pitch.
WHILE PRESIDENT BUSH IS out trying to convince voters that the economy is picking up and new jobs are being created, his own people are throwing him a curve ball.
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I hold great hope and confidence that you will meet every challenge and curve ball.
Six seconds later the batter might get a slider in another part of the strike zone or a 76 mph curve ball.
Except for the LSAT, the smartass bluejay, which is designed by demented geniuses who have made a science of turning a curve ball into a triple helix, and figured out how to get paid for doing it.
Although we'd prefer all the pitches (opportunities) to be "right down the middle," every good hitter has to be able to hit a curve ball.
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But life deals her a curve ball and she discovers she's not only developing photos but also a baby.
McCoist has thrown them a real curve ball because they didn't expect "McCoist has thrown them a real curve ball because they didn't expect or anticipate this.
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Blyleven, named Rik Aalbert, spun a devastating curve ball as a pitcher for five different major league teams in his 22-year career and also voiced pride in his family background.