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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 life throws you a curve ball, you have two options: sink or swim.
Fortunately in this year's captain, Thomas Bjorn, Europe are led by a guy who has seen countless such curve balls skelp his predecessors during his previous tours of duty as an assistant.
When the pitcher on his new team starts throwing curve balls that Tom can't catch, he feels as if he's letting the team down, a feeling that gets worse once a new catcher joins the team and Tom is benched.
Curve balls may help a pitcher strike out batters in baseball and some nasty spin can make an opponent sweat to return a tennis serve.
In the summer of 2006, college pitcher Rob Summers was in peak physical condition, hurling 90-mile-per-hour fastballs, mean cutters and particularly devastating curve balls in preparation for the baseball season at Oregon State University.
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Why does it throw so many curve balls? If only decisions could be made easily and with little fuss.
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But the job gives him plenty of practice in handling the curve balls life throws his way.
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Life can seem like a cosmic game of dodge ball, with the universe whipping curve balls at us all day long.
Ditto fastballs that sink and curve balls that rise.