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screwball

1. noun In baseball, a pitched ball that swerves counter to the normal curve of a curveball, that is, in the direction of the side from which it was thrown. He caught the batter off guard with a screwball to strike him out in the final inning.
2. noun, slang A goofy, impulsive, zany, or eccentric person. My uncle has always been something of a screwball in the family, never really fitting in with the rest of us. A lot of people thinks she's just a screwball, but I actually think there's some genius in the unique ways she tackles problems.
3. adjective, slang Goofy, impulsive, zany, or eccentric. The actor became a household name for his iconic roles in a number of screwball comedies during the 1990s. We don't need another one of your screwball ideas, Tom.

screwball

1. n. an eccentric person; a clown or a dunce. (Also a rude term of address.) Tom is such a screwball!
2. n. [in baseball] a (pitched) ball that does not travel in a straight line. Jim threw another screwball, but somehow the batter hit it.
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Screwball comedy often further negates the concept of marriage by having supporting players in less-than romantic couplings.
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The first chapter, titled "Varieties of Farming," deals with Hubbell's rise through the minor leagues and Detroit's embarrassing failure to allow Hubbell to use his screwball. Without the screwball, they did not recognize what they had in the future Hall of Famer and so sent him to the Giants for $50,000.
The screwball is the pitcher's equalizer against the platoon advantage, because a left-hander's screwball breaks away from right-handed batters.
The Professor Emeritus of English at Truman State University was an expert in Shakespeare and Jonson and a fan of Woody Allen and screwball comedies.
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In these works, his rigorous devotion to process and form is poked and prodded by his sly, sometimes screwball wit, but is never undone.
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Co-starring Renee Zelwegger (we hate her for having such a good chemistry for him), the movie is a screwball romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the formation of pro football in the 1920s.
He didn't mind throwing a few blazing fastballs to his catcher and then let Hubbell throw his famous pitch--the screwball.