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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Just like the airlines, we're all thrown curveballs from time to time.
We've all had our share of curveballs even if we've never held a Louisville Slugger: unexpected events and issues that we have to deal with, generally something of an unpleasant nature.
Washington, Oct 28 (ANI): Curveballs do not break, claim neuroscientists at USC and American University.
Life does have a habit of throwing curveballs at you - to which Karen Salmansohn says: "When life throws you curveballs, hit them out of the park".
He only threw like four curveballs (all game) so that helped keep his arm fresh and strong.
Most pitchers usually rely on curveballs or fastballs to strike out their opponents.
The rookie pitcher then fell behind Doumit, only to battle back and strike him out on back-to-back curveballs.
2) that is observable on some sliders and curveballs.
Whatever career you're in, you're going to be thrown curveballs," says Bay, "However, whatever weapons you can come to the table with gives you an advantage.
You'll learn the rules of offense and defense, and all about fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs and screwballs.
Our two teams will work on base-running, live hitting with base-runners, and hit in the batting cage vs a pitching machine delivering curveballs.
Lyons co-authored Out of Left Field: Over 1,134 Newly Discovered Amazing Baseball Records, Connections, Coincidences and More in 1998, Curveballs & Screwballs in 2001, and this month a third baseball book, Short Hops and Foul Tips, all written with his brother Douglas.
I even flipped a few curveballs and changeups, just trying to get a feel for them,'' Billingsley said.
Against the wishes of her tradition-bound parents, Jess sneaks off to play with the local girl's league, where real women kick curveballs.
On Fridays we will continue doing the above except that we may include a few curveballs.