Definition of curveball
: a slow or moderately fast baseball pitch thrown with spin to make it swerve downward and usually to the left when thrown from the right hand or to the right when thrown from the left hand
Examples of curveball in a Sentence
The batter struck out on a curveball.
Recent Examples of curveball from the Web
My curveball was working, and the cutter inside felt pretty good, too.
A motion that has been described as unorthodox and a capable curveball hasn't hurt, either.
Rodriguez would miss with a first-pitch curveball before evening the count with a changeup for a strike.
Hill harrumphed when umpire Mike Winters declined to award him a strike on a full-count curveball at the top of the zone.
He was known for a lively fastball, a hitter-freezing curveball and a tendency to throw at hitters who crowded the plate.
Any hope of an inning-ending double play was crushed on a curveball that Zunino couldn’t keep in front of him.
The assault charge is a last-minute curveball in Thursday's race, which was partly seen as a referendum on Trump's presidency.
Sanders jumped on a 75 mph curveball and hit it into the eating area outside Friday’s Front Row restaurant in the second deck in left field.
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Definition of curveball for English Language Learners
baseball : a pitch that is thrown with spin so that the ball curves in the air
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