curveball


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Wikipedia.

curve ball

or curve·ball (kûrv′bôl′)
n.
1. Baseball Any of several pitches that veer to the left when thrown with the right hand and to the right when thrown with the left hand.
2. Slang Something that is unexpected or designed to trick or deceive: That last question on the exam was a real curve ball.
Idiom:
pitch/throw (someone) a curve ball Slang
1. To mislead; deceive.
2. To cause to be surprised, especially unpleasantly so.

curveball

(ˈkɜːvˌbɔːl)
n
1. (Baseball) baseball a ball pitched in a curving path so as to make it more difficult to hit
2. informal something deceptive: his wholesome image was a curveball thrown to deceive the public.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
"His curveball was working very well, and his slider was working well.
Throughout the day there were a range of challenges including a curveball challenge which had an objective of generating the right amount of air pressure to allow the car to stop instantaneously, as close to 80cm as possible!
The couple are thrown a curveball when Joe is evicted from his flat.
Cloudera's Q4 results were a "curveball," complicated by the earlier than expected ASC 606 adoption and the incorporation of about a month of Hortonworks contribution, which not only create comparability challenges versus consensus numbers but also make it difficult to pinpoint leading indicators of growth, JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy tells investors in a post-earnings research note.
The sudden spark between them leads them to get married to each other but after a while life throws her a curveball and her married life gets in jeopardy.
"Sometimes life throws you a curveball and the best thing for me to do is to go home and focus on my health," the WWE star added.
on The Bake Off producers threw a vegan curveball into proceedings.
The brand is the culmination of triathlete and outdoors enthusiast Kellie Lee's clean eating research as she sought new ways of fueling her body after being thrown a medical curveball. "I was worried I wouldn't be able to live the life I wanted after having my gallbladder removed and being diagnosed with hypothyroidism," Ms.
Ohtani's three-run shot came off a curveball from Indians starter Josh Tomlin to cap a six-run first inning by the Angels.
Anglo American print specialist CURVEBALL PRINTED MEDIA has announced the launch of its WiFi enabled video brochures with Android Operating System and touchscreen user interface - http://www.curveballprintedmedia.com/wifi-video-brochures/
"There is a tactic amongst the Remain-supporting Conservatives and that is to cause as much chaos as possible and they do that by bowling this curveball every now and then, or a hand grenade right into the middle of proceedings whenever we have a lull" Tory MP Nadine Dorries.
QUOTES OF THE DAY "There is a tactic amongst the Remain-supporting Conservatives and that is to cause as much chaos as possible and they do that by bowling this curveball every now and then, or a hand grenade right into the middle of proceedings whenever we have a lull" Tory MP Nadine Dorries.