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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.
(Definition of curveball from the Cambridge Advanced Learners 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 financial crisis has been an economic curve ball with global impact. New technologies have thrown a curveball at conventional risk assessment.
(Definition of curveball from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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