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English definition of “curveball”

curveball

noun [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.
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