or change-up

[ cheynj-uhp ]

  1. a pitch that follows one or more fastballs, delivered with the same motion as for a fastball but with less speed, intentionally disrupting the batter’s timing: He knows how to use his changeup to keep hitters off balance.

Origin of changeup

First recorded in 1940–45

Words Nearby changeup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use changeup in a sentence

  • I told her she could find a change up-stairs in my room; and sent one of my girls to wait upon her.

  • There was no marked change up to 1861, when the War of Secession began.

  • The next week was not as trying to Jerry as the week before, now that he was able to make change up attic.

    Jerry's Charge Account | Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • Then, too, they wrap your change up in paper—and some of their dress materials have quite a style of their own.

    Rene Mauperin | Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt

British Dictionary definitions for change up

change up

  1. (intr, adverb) to select a higher gear when driving

  1. baseball an unexpectedly slow ball thrown in order to surprise the batter

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