or curve ball

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  1. a pitch with a downward spin that causes the ball to drop and veer as it approaches home plate, away from the side from which it was thrown: He started perfecting his curveball during his junior year in high school.

Origin of curveball

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80

Words Nearby curveball Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use curveball in a sentence

  • Lisud saw-un ang búla nga naglikuy, It is hard to catch a curve ball.

  • He decided to use a high curve ball over the plate and let Prince hit, trusting to luck and the players behind him.

    The Young Pitcher | Zane Grey
  • I met Dick Talbot this morning and he promised to come over and take a film of my curve ball in a day or two.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants | Lester Chadwick
  • I pitched a curve ball that was meant for the outside corner, but cut the plate better than I intended.

    Pitching in a Pinch | Christy Mathewson

British Dictionary definitions for curve ball

curve ball

  1. baseball a ball pitched in a curving path so as to make it more difficult to hit

  2. informal something deceptive: his wholesome image was a curve ball thrown to deceive the public

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