bowl a googly

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From the cricket term

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bowl a googly (third-person singular simple present bowls a googly, present participle bowling a googly, simple past and past participle bowled 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.
  2. (transitive, intransitive, cricket) Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see bowl,‎ googly.

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