breaking ball

[ brey-king bawl ]
/ ˈbreɪ kɪŋ ˈbɔl /

noun Baseball.

any pitch in which the ball deviates from a straight path as it approaches the batter: If you’re not sure if it was a slider or a curve, just say it was a breaking ball.

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Origin of breaking ball

First recorded in 1905–10
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