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change up

1. verb To alter or switch something, especially from a usual method or proceedings. In this usage, "change it up" is commonly used. I've had this haircut for awhile now, so I think it's time to change it up. You should change up your material so people don't get bored with it.
2. verb To change to a higher gear while driving. You'll probably need to change up once you get on the highway.
3. noun In baseball, a pitch that has a similar wind-up to a fastball but travels much slower. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. If you throw a changeup now, I think you'll get this guy out.
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change up

v.
1. To alter something: The cafeteria changed up the menu after people complained that they were tired of macaroni and cheese. When the other team discovered our strategy, we had to change it up.
2. To switch to a higher gear when driving a motor vehicle: When you accelerate, you have to change up or the car will stall.
See also: change, up
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Cranks I like for pitching change-ups include the River Rocker, Reef Runner Rip Shad, and Salmo Hornet.
As we have stated here on a consistent basis over the years, set, rep, intensity, and format change-ups are crucial components of a well-rounded and consistently successful strength training program.
The ProBatter can even simulate different types of pitches, including fastballs, curves, sliders, sinkers, cutters or change-ups.
Despite change-ups in the overall results for the category, companies still point to novelty patterns as the standard in accent rugs used in the kitchen.
There is disconcerting legal and illegal action aplenty, along with clever change-ups that will keep readers guessing about who did what and why until the very last lines of the novel.
As a bowler, it is a nice thing to know it is going to land in the right spot and the only thing you have to think about is your change-ups - whether you are going to pitch it full, whether you are going to bowl a slower ball, or a bouncer."
Rather than facing a throwing machine, users are presented full size right-handed and/or left-handed pitchers on a screen, "throwing" fastballs, curves, sliders, sinkers, cutters, change-ups, and slurves that emerge through a hole in the screen at the position of the image's hand.
I'd listen to Overnight Sensation and he'd do so many fast cuts, so many quick change-ups - you know, 30 seconds of this, then a screeching halt and whip to this or that and I realized that I do that in my work a lot.
Though there were times when they hurled split tones at the audience like a couple of dubious thundergods, Beme mostly wrapped sax lines around Zorn's fierce squawking and unbridled multiphonic bursts, as the rhythm section moved nimbly to stir up and anticipate tempo change-ups. While they were at it, they demonstrated again and again that love of the jazz tradition can translate into an open-ended context and some unreverential play.
"My past couple at-bats (Menz) threw me multiple change-ups, and I struggled with them," said Rhodes, who is 6-for-7 with four RBIs in the regional.
"It's a huge weight off my shoulders,'' said Fluet, who was throwing mostly fastballs, mixing in a few change-ups and risers.
He also throws a biting slider and two different change-ups. Along with Dylan Bundy, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, he profiles as a front-line starter.
"You got to have change-ups and you got to have something up your sleeves.
The variety in the Sri Lanka attack is another factor England are wary of and Colly added: "Quite a lot of the guys haven't played against the angle of (Lasith) Malinga, his skiddiness, his 'change-ups' -and not many of us have played much against (Ajantha) Mendis.
He shouldn't throw 10 consecutive change-ups poorly and get frustrated.