knuckle ball

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knuckle ball

or knuck·le·ball (nŭk′əl-bôl′)
n. Baseball
A slow pitch that has almost no spin and veers erratically, thrown by gripping the ball with the nails or knuckles near the tips of the index and middle fingers, and often the third finger.

knuck′le·ball′er n.

knuck′le ball`

or knuck′le•ball`,

a slow baseball pitch that moves erratically toward home plate, delivered by holding the ball between the thumb and the knuckles or fingertips.
Also called knuck•ler (ˈnʌk lər)
[1905–10, Amer.]
knuck′le•ball`er, n.
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