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curveballnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɜːv.bɔːl/  us   /ˈkɝːvbɑːl/ mainly US
in the sport of baseball, a throw in which the ball curves as it moves towards the player with the bat something such as a question or event that is surprising or unexpected, and therefore difficult to deal with: Every so often life will throw you a curveball.
Translations of “curveball”
in Chinese (Traditional) (棒球運動中投向打擊手的)旋球,曲線球…
in Chinese (Simplified) (棒球运动中投向击球手的)旋球,曲线球…
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