change of pace

change of pace
1. : an interruption of continuity by a sudden and usually temporary shift to a sharply different manner of action (as for relief from monotony)

he found the work tedious, so … for a change of pace, he joined the army — John Kobler

2. : a slow pitch in baseball that is thrown for deception with the same motion as a fast ball — called also change-up

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1. a temporary shift or variation in a normal routine or regular pattern of activity: Reading a mystery novel has been a real change of pace for me.
2. Also called change-up /chaynj"up'/. Baseball. a ball that is thrown by a pitcher with the same motion as for a fastball but that travels with less speed, making the pitch more difficult for the batter to time.
[1935-40]

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change of pace,
1. a sudden shift from one type of activity, routine, or habit to another, usually as a form of distraction intended to relieve fatigue or boredom: »

After a round of rumbas and cha-chas the band, for a nice change of pace, played a fox trot.

2. Baseball. = change-up. (Cf.change-up)

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a change from what one is used to

the magenta is a change of pace from traditional red

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noun, pl changes of pace [count]
1 : a new activity or situation that comes after another activity or situation which has lasted for long time
— usually singular

He took a few days off work to give himself a welcome and much-needed change of pace.

— usually singular

The batter struck out on a change of pace.


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  • change-of-pace — n. (Baseball) a baseball pitch thrown with little velocity when the batter is expecting a fastball; called also {change up}. Syn: change up, change of pace ball, off speed pitch. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • change of pace — change′ of pace′ n. 1) a temporary variation in a normal routine 2) spo Also called change′ up . a baseball pitch thrown like a fastball but, because of the pitcher s grip, is deceptively slower • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

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