change of pace

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.
Also called change-up [cheynj-uhp] . 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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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