a\ curve\ ball
• pitch a curve
• a curve ball
v. phr.
To catch someone unawares; confront someone with an unexpected event or act.

My professor pitched me a curve ball when he unexpectedly confronted me with a complicated mathematical equation that was way over my head.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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