throw (someone) a curve/curveball


: to present (someone) with a difficult and unexpected problem, situation, question, etc.
The reporter threw the candidate a curve by asking about his past drug use.
Recently, Mother Nature threw us a curveball in the form of a 50-degree day in the middle of January.Molly Cavanaugh
The sea will throw you a lot of curves, so versatile navigation gear is a must.Advertisement

Examples of throw (someone) a curve/curveball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was taught how to throw a curveball by his sixth-grade teacher, Henry Roper, who was a former minor leaguer. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Fate didn’t throw a curveball at Justin Hillman when he was born. Jeff Vorva, Chicago Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 Why not throw a curve into your garden with a round garden bed? Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Mar. 2023 But throw a curveball, and the opposite side bulges out to catch. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 20 Sep. 2022 For another, rotation itself can affect a ball’s trajectory, which is how baseball pitchers use spin to throw a curveball. Wil S. Hylton, New York Times, 31 Aug. 2022 Nature can throw a curve ball; nothing is guaranteed. oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2022 The public health threat from variants could throw a curveball into the recovery. Dallas News, 23 June 2021 The purpose is to throw a curveball at artificial intelligence agents that play the game. Mayank Kejriwal, The Conversation, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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“Throw (someone) a curve/curveball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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