Change-up meaning

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An off-speed pitch thrown with the same motion as a faster pitch, so as to deceive the batter.
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Alternative form of change-up.
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An unexpected event.

This RFQ is a real change-up.

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(baseball) A pitch thrown with the arm motion of a fastball, but which travels at a much slower velocity because it is released without the fingers adding power to the delivery.

The pitcher had a devastating change-up.

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(intransitive, baseball) To throw a pitch at a much slower than expected speed.

He changed up on Wilson after three fastballs and struck him out.

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(intransitive) To confuse someone by doing something unexpected or in an unexpected way.

I thought that we were going to study the project some more, but then he came back from the weekend and changed up, making it a top priority.

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Origin of change-up

  • Probably alteration of change-of-pace

    From Wiktionary