bowl a googly
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From the cricket term
- (transitive, idiomatic, Britain, 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.
- The object of bowl a googly is put immediately after "bowl" (as in the example given here).
to require a quick reaction from by doing something unexpected