July 4, 2006

throw someone a curve ball

Posted in Idioms at 10:02 am by Feng

throw (someone) a curve ball — to deceive someone [dict]

On ‘Monk’, the murderer, who killed the lawyer and his secretary, left the crime scene with a smashed window on the door. The police chief pinned on a lawyer’s former client as the prime suspect. However, the observant Monk noticed that the suspect owned a security company. “He is able to pick any lock,” Monk analyzed, “Why smash the window?” The police chief didn’t like to be challenged. He explained impatiently: “Maybe he knows we know he can pick locks. So he threw us a curve ball.”

Advertisements

1 Comment »

  1. Cilly said,

    More “to catch off guard” than “to deceive”.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: