throw someone a curve

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From the curve ball in baseball which uses a spin on the ball to adjust the path of the ball unexpectedly.

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throw (someone) a curve

  1. (baseball) Used other than as an idiom: To pitch a curve ball.
  2. (idiomatic) To surprise; to introduce something unexpected or requiring a quick reaction or correction.
    He really threw me a curve when he asked me a personal question at work.

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