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change of pace

a temporary shift or variation in a normal routine or regular pattern of activity:
Reading a mystery novel has been a real change of pace for me.
Also called change-up
[cheynj-uhp] /ˈtʃeɪndʒˌʌp/ (Show IPA)
. Baseball. a ball that is thrown by a pitcher with the same motion as for a fastball but that travels with less speed, making the pitch more difficult for the batter to time.
Origin of change of pace
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  1. A slow pitch delivered after a motion that might precede a fast pitch; a change of pace (1950s+ Baseball)
  2. Any change, esp a pronounced one: McDowell exhibits a first-rate change-up/ Four costume changes served as a change-up in the manic pace (1970s+)


: Holy cow! He changed him up for a strike! (1950s+ Baseball)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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change of pace

A shift in normal routine, a variation in usual activities or pattern, as in She's smiling in that one photo, just for a change of pace, or After six hours at my desk I need a change of pace, so I'm going for a swim. This term originated in a number of sports where strategy can involve altering the speed of, for example, a pitched or struck ball or a horse's gait. By the mid-1900s it was being transferred to other enterprises.
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