- the path followed by a ball pitched as a curveball: The curve on that ball was nasty!
Idioms about curve
- to take (someone) by surprise, especially in a negative way.
- to mislead or deceive.
Origin of curve
OTHER WORDS FROM curve
How to use curve in a sentence
You know, instead of you, you know, really easy decisions, they move on to misinformation and really vague things and evaluating dangerous groups and that sort of moving people up the difficulty curve is, is also improving things.EmTech Stage: Facebook’s CTO on misinformation|Tate Ryan-Mosley|November 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
We have served as a model for bending the curve of infections through rigorous infection-control practices.As pandemic raged and thousands died, government regulators cleared most nursing homes of infection-control violations|Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs, Shawn Mulcahy|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
La Russa went on to win one World Series title with the Oakland Athletics and two with the Cardinals, gaining a reputation for being ahead of the curve in strategic deployments such as bullpen specialization.Baseball has changed since the last time Tony La Russa was a manager. Can he change with it?|Dave Sheinin|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
In Indonesia, we do like the intermediate part of the curve so maybe toward the 10-year.BlackRock is betting against the Greenback—regardless of who wins the U.S. election|kdunn6|October 27, 2020|Fortune
Though he had his best season in three years according to WAR per 162 games, Kershaw will be 33 next season, an area of the aging curve in which pitchers typically see their strikeouts drop and their FIPs rise.What To Watch For In One Of The Most Intriguing World Series Ever|Neil Paine (email@example.com)|October 20, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Wielding a curved knife, a young man navigates past the aging structures and into the forest.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway|Nina Strochlic|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His spine was curved, indicating the condition known as scoliosis.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Roll-neck designs were made in fine pleats with arms buried in folds of curved material.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week|Liza Foreman|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Reporters call it "the fishbowl": the building is curved, and the entire area is fronted by glass.Toronto Mayor: I Was Drunk When I Did Crack|Hamutal Dotan|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He created the curved Virgule heel as a signature, to differentiate his work post-Dior.Shoes Fit For A Museum: Roger Vivier’s Virigule Show Opens at Palais De Tokyo|Sarah Moroz|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her eyes were blazing with triumph, yet her lips curved with contempt at the attitude of her trembling father.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
He curved his hand round mine, and told me as long as I played right, his hand would not interfere with mine.
In shape it is curved, like those things for candles attached to upright pianos, but with a weighted foot to hold it firm.
They are straight or curved rods, which vary markedly in size and outline, and stain very irregularly (Fig. 123).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Lettice, he saw, was lying with a cigarette against the bank of sloping sand that curved above them.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for curve
- a system of points whose coordinates satisfy a given equation; a locus of points
- the graph of a function with one independent variable
Other words from curveRelated adjective: sinuous
Derived forms of curvecurvedly (ˈkɜːvɪdlɪ), adverbcurvedness, nouncurvy, adjective
Word Origin for curve
Scientific definitions for curve
Other Idioms and Phrases with curve
see throw a curve.