throw (someone) a curve (ball)

throw (someone) a curve (ball)
throw (someone) a curve (ball) American & Australian, informal to surprise someone with something that is difficult or unpleasant to deal with.

The weather threw a curve at their barbecue and they had to eat indoors.


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  • throw someone a curve (ball) — mainly american informal phrase to do something unexpected that makes someone confused or causes problems Thesaurus: to cause problems for someone or somethingsynonym Main entry: curve …   Useful english dictionary

  • curve ball — /kɜv ˈbɔl/ (say kerv bawl) –noun 1. Baseball a type of pitch in which spin is imparted to the ball causing it to follow a curving trajectory which drops as the ball approaches the plate. –phrase 2. throw someone a curve ball, Colloquial to… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • curve — I UK [kɜː(r)v] / US [kɜrv] noun [countable] Word forms curve : singular curve plural curves ** 1) a shape or line with a gradual smooth bend From high above I saw the gentle curve of the bay. a) a bend in a road or river As he rounded the curve… …   English dictionary

  • curve — curve1 [ kɜrv ] noun count ** 1. ) a shape or line with a gradual smooth bend: From high above I saw the gentle curve of the bay. a ) a bend in a road or river: As he rounded the curve he saw her standing by the gate. b ) used about a woman s… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • curve — curvedly /kerr vid lee/, adv. curvedness, n. curveless, adj. /kerrv/, n., v., curved, curving, adj. n. 1. a continuously bending line, without angles. 2. the act or extent of curving. 3. any curved outline, form, thing, or part. 4. a curved… …   Universalium

  • curve — [[t]kɜrv[/t]] n. v. curved, curv•ing, adj. 1) math. cv a continuously bending line, without angles 2) the act or extent of curving 3) any curved outline, form, thing, or part 4) cvb a curved section of a road, railroad track, path, etc 5) spo… …   From formal English to slang

  • curve — 1 noun (C) 1 a line which gradually bends like part of a circle: a curve on a graph | the curve of her hips 2 a rounded bend in a road, river etc: The car took the curve much too quickly. 3 curve ball a throw in baseball in which the ball spins… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • curve — curve1 W3S3 [kə:v US kə:rv] n 1.) a line that gradually bends like part of a circle curve of ▪ the curve of her hips ▪ a sweeping curve of railroad track 2.) a line on a ↑graph that gradually bends and represents a change in the amount or level… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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