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split-fingered fastball

[ split-fing-gerd fast-bawl ]
/ ˈsplɪtˌfɪŋ gərd ˈfæstˌbɔl /
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noun Baseball.
a pitch, similar to the forkball but thrown with the same arm speed as a fastball, that drops suddenly as it nears the batter.
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Origin of split-fingered fastball

First recorded in 1975–80; split (in the sense “parted lengthwise”) + fingered + fastball
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