fast ball

Meaning 1
Balls can be thrown as fast as ninety to a hundred miles an hour.
Sentence 1
The pitcher threw a fast ball and struck out the batter.
Meaning 2
to not understand a statement or fact; to lose an opportunity because an opponent or competitor is quicker.
Sentence 2
I'm sorry I didn't get the contract. Their team threw a fast ball. They talked to the other company first.