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    threw a sharp curve into the contest

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    Stanford University abruptly dropped out of the intense international competition to build an innovative science graduate school in New York City, releasing its decision on Friday afternoon. A short time later, its main rival in the contest, Cornell, announced a $350 million gift — the largest in its history — to underwrite its bid.

    The twin announcements threw a sharp curve into the contest, leaving Cornell’s $2 billion proposal for Roosevelt Island as the clear front-runner for what is seen as a prime opportunity to help reinvent higher education.

    (Stanford Ends Effort to Build New York Arm. the NY Times)

    What does "threw a sharp curve into the contest" mean in the above?

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    Re: threw a sharp curve into the contest

    Quote Originally Posted by Cookies0090 View Post
    Hi,

    Stanford University abruptly dropped out of the intense international competition to build an innovative science graduate school in New York City, releasing its decision on Friday afternoon. A short time later, its main rival in the contest, Cornell, announced a $350 million gift — the largest in its history — to underwrite its bid.

    The twin announcements threw a sharp curve into the contest, leaving Cornell’s $2 billion proposal for Roosevelt Island as the clear front-runner for what is seen as a prime opportunity to help reinvent higher education.

    (Stanford Ends Effort to Build New York Arm. the NY Times)

    What does "threw a sharp curve into the contest" mean in the above?
    Not a teacher, Nor a native
    I think it means something unexpected or surprising.
    curve - definition of curve by Macmillan Dictionary

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    Re: threw a sharp curve into the contest

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    Not a teacher, Nor a native
    I think it means something unexpected or surprising.
    curve - definition of curve by Macmillan Dictionary
    ;up: (Short for 'curve ball' - from baseball. Such a ball doesn't fly the way the batter expects.)

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