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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.
How to Hit a Curve Ball, Grill the Perfect Steak, and Become a Real Man
"How to Hit a Curve Ball, Grill the Perfect Steak, and Become a Real Man: Learning What Our Fathers Never Taught Us" is a handbook acknowledging that no father is a perfect father, just as no human is a perfect human.
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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!
With two strikes, some pitchers will throw a curve ball consistently.
During the second week, we will increase the throwing to 45 pitches (three innings), inserting a curve ball after every two fastballs (fastball-fastball-curve).