Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(a) curveball

curveballa curveball
1) something unexpected that causes confusion or disruption
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • throw a curveball and upset the apple cart
  • Analysis
     A 'curveball' is a noun meaning something which is unexpected, unplanned for and disruptive usually 'a curveball' refers to something negative which disrupts a plan. You can 'throw a curveball' or 'encounter a curveball'. This phrase is similar in meaning to 'throw a spanner in the works."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Sometimes, just when it seems as though things are going well, life can throw you a curveball. When that happens, it's important to be tenacious and not let things affect you.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The sudden drop in the company's share price was a real curveball. It happened without any warning signs and made investors anxious.  
    2. On Friday evening, just when we were finishing up for the week, the boss threw us a curveball by saying that he needed us all to come into the office on Saturday.
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