or curve ball

[ kurv-bawl ]
/ ˈkɜrvˌbɔl /
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noun Baseball.
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.
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Origin of curveball

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for curveball

curve ball

baseball a ball pitched in a curving path so as to make it more difficult to hit
informal something deceptivehis wholesome image was a curve ball thrown to deceive the public
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