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.”


1 Comment »

  1. Cilly said,

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

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