- 1A pitch thrown with a strong downward spin, causing the ball to drop suddenly and veer to the side as it approaches home plate.More example sentences
- The statistics don't reflect, for instance, how many times pitchers plunk batters with changeups, curveballs or other off-speed pitches, or how much effort a hitter makes to get out of the way.
- Now that his back is feeling better, Estes is better able to locate his pitches, particularly his curveball.
- My fastball was unhittable, my changeup was devastating, and my curveball dropped off the face of the earth.
- 1.1North American • informal Something which is unexpected, surprising, or disruptive: there’s always a curveball on every missionMore example sentences
- He's flexible, and he can handle life's curve balls without throwing a fit.
- "There's always a curveball on every mission", he said, while enroute to the South Pole.
- No curve balls or surprises from the Fed, boosting rates for the fourth time this year.
- North American • informal Unexpectedly present someone with a challenge or disruption: just when you think things are working out, life throws you a curveballMore example sentences
- What gets me so excited about an album like this is the few curve balls it throws my way.
- "Each time you think you've got one thing figured out, they throw you a curveball," she notes.
- Every now and then science throws us a curve ball, a technology at once staggeringly useful and breathtakingly dangerous.
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