Have you ever been thrown a curve? If someone throws you a curve about something, it means that you were surprised in an unpleasant or negative way about something. The structure for this idiom is like this:
Throw [someone] a curve (about something) Here are some examples
- Angelina’s announcement that she was retiring threw the whole office a curve.
- Bob threw Betty a curve when he broke up with her.
- The boss threw me a curve about the new vacation policy.
Similar to this is the idiom throw someone for a loop. If someone throws you for a loop, they say or do something unexpected. While this idiom is usually used for something unpleasant or negative, but it can also be used for something positive:
The structure is [someone / something] threw [someone] for a loop. Here are some examples:
- The boss threw me for a loop when he offered me a promotion to manager.
- Bob threw Betty for a loop when he proposed to her.
- The news about the earthquake certainly threw everyone for a loop.
Have you been thrown a curve recently? Has anyone thrown you for a loop? Let us know!