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curveballnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɜːv.bɔːl/  us   /ˈkɝːvbɑːl/ mainly US
in the ​sport of ​baseball, a ​throw in which the ​ballcurves as it ​moves towards the ​player with the bat
something such as a ​question or ​event that is ​surprising or ​unexpected, and ​thereforedifficult to ​deal with: Every so often ​life will throw you a curveball.
(Definition of curveball from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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curveballnoun [S]

(also curve ball) uk   us   /ˈkɜːvbɔːl/ informal
something unexpected and difficult to ​deal with that ​changes a ​situation: The ​financialcrisis has been an ​economiccurve ball with ​globalimpact. New ​technologies have thrown a curveball at ​conventionalriskassessment.
(Definition of curveball from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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