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.
On the show itself, Curve Ball admitted that he lied.
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Curve Ball is an Iraqi defector named Rafid Ahmed Alwan, who arrived at a German refugee center in 1999.
Even if North Korea continues to throw curve balls, the important thing is to gauge its true intentions.
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Scientists announced that humans have a hard time predicting the path of a curve ball. Psychologists at Texas A&M University found that male monkeys prefer playing with toy cars and balls, whereas female monkeys are more interested in dolls and cooking pots.
"If a pitcher throws a curve ball and a batter has keen eyesight, he might be able to see the index and middle fingers roll across the face of the ball as the pitcher snaps it off."
BALCO threw the testing labs a curve ball by developing a new anabolic steroid called tetrahydrogestrinone (teh-truh-high-dro-jes-trih-nohn).
Life has a way of slinging an inside curve ball at your chin every once in a while, giving you a wake up call.
Yes, Mother Nature threw everyone in southern states a curve ball last year, with more rain and hurricanes than usual; meanwhile the western states could really use that rain!
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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