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] /ˈtʃeɪndʒˌʌp/ (Show IPA). 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.
A slow pitch delivered after a motion that might precede a fast pitch; a change of pace (1950s+ Baseball)
Any change, esp a pronounced one: McDowell exhibits a first-rate change-up/ Four costume changes served as a change-up in the manic pace(1970s+)
: Holy cow! He changed him up for a strike!(1950s+ Baseball)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with change-up
change of pace
A shift in normal routine, a variation in usual activities or pattern, as in She's smiling in that one photo, just for a change of pace, or After six hours at my desk I need a change of pace, so I'm going for a swim. This term originated in a number of sports where strategy can involve altering the speed of, for example, a pitched or struck ball or a horse's gait. By the mid-1900s it was being transferred to other enterprises.