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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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Outside of baseball, to "throw a curveball" means introducing a significant deviation from a particular course - be it in business or personal life.
1 weapon, not only by throwing it at a velocity that hit triple digits, but setting up a curveball that buckled the knees of opposing hitters.
Given that baseball season is now in full swing, it seems appropriate for a business book with a common baseball metaphor at its center to appear: How to Hit a Curveball: Confront and Overcome the Unexpected in Business by Scott R.
I'm hoping that readers of this column yearn similarly for the answers to trivia, because I have a curveball or two of my own.
* What are the main differences between a curveball and a fastball?
How's this for a curveball? Got a CD comp called Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne and it's a bit of a headscratcher.
The boyishly amiable animator threw a curveball that almost knocked me off my chair on the Pavilion's deck when he smiled and said, "I want to go from The Care Bears to snuff films." Not quite.
Then suddenly, you're thrown a curveball. You're asked "Do you have any kids?" "What type of holidays do you observe?" and "Do you want to be addressed as Mrs.
I did that research in the fall of 1974, and it made me realize I needed to have a curveball, something to throw to the first-base corner of home plate, because my screwball was a good pitch to the third-base corner of home plate, and my fastball was good to the third-base corner.
So I needed a curveball and I also wanted to throw a fastball to that side, like a cut fastball.
That is, to get the seams of the baseball to stay in the air about 70% of the time, instead of 12% as it does on a curveball.
So I started working on a curveball after the 1974 season.
When prodded, he admits he "probably had as good a curveball as there was in the league."