or curve ball
[ kurv-bawl ]
/ ˈkɜrvˌbɔl /
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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a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
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Origin of curveball
An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
Words nearby curveball
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British Dictionary definitions for curveball
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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