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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Curveballs give us a bit of a problem here lately, and we keep swinging at them."
It takes strength of character and courage to remain nice in toxic environments or when life throws more than its share of curveballs so if you are considered a nice person, you should be proud indeed.
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The pair also take delight in throwing curveballs. It's a proper comedic workout.
Just like the airlines, we're all thrown curveballs from time to time.
There are other ways to throw curveballs at the bucks you are hunting.
DJs must be comfortable with any genre, and should be capable of arranging eclectic sets with curveballs and songs from all eras.
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But those curveballs usually end up winning the game.
They weren't on the same page because they didn't realize that Clay just wanted to throw more changeups today and less curveballs in the first inning," Valentine said.
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.