curve ball definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- 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.
- Slang Something that is unexpected or designed to trick or deceive: That last question on the exam was a real curve ball.
curve ball - Phrases/Idioms
- /throw (someone) a curve ball Slang
- To mislead; deceive.
- To cause to be surprised, especially unpleasantly so.