bowl a googly

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Etymology[edit]

From the cricket term

Verb[edit]

bowl a googly

  1. (transitive, idiomatic, UK, figuratively) to surprise (someone); to introduce (to someone) something unexpected, underhand or requiring a quick reaction or correction.
    Fred bowled me a googly when he asked me to explain those statistics in the meeting.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The object of bowl a googly is put immediately after "bowl" (as in the example given here).

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