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curve ball noun [C] US
When you throw a curve ball in the sport of baseball, the ball curves as it moves towards the player with the bat.
- Baseball. Any of several pitches that veer to the left when thrown with the right hand and to the right when thrown with the left hand.
- Slang. Something that is unexpected or designed to trick or deceive: That last question on the exam was a real curve ball.
pitch (or throw) (someone) a curve ball Slang.
- To mislead; deceive.
- To cause to be surprised, especially unpleasantly so.