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screwball

1. n. an eccentric person; a clown or a dunce. (Also a rude term of address.) Tom is such a screwball!
2. n. [in baseball] a (pitched) ball that does not travel in a straight line. Jim threw another screwball, but somehow the batter hit it.
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He didn't mind throwing a few blazing fastballs to his catcher and then let Hubbell throw his famous pitch--the screwball.
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This one's a bit of a screwball that's hard to peg, and I am not entirely sure whoever did it isn't joking in quite a few places, especially the introduction and captions where he writes of being emo, emotion, and photographs evoking emotion.
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