I came across this sentence in Washington Post today，
Three federal appellate judges on Tuesday lobbed critical inquiries at those challenging and defending President Trump’s controversial immigration order — whose immediate fate now rests with the court.
I am curious about the use of the verb "lob" here. In dictionary, there is only one meaning of the verb,
1.Throw or hit (a ball or missile) in a high arc: ‘he lobbed the ball over their heads’
1.1[with object] (in soccer or tennis) kick or hit the ball over (an opponent) in a high arc: ‘he managed to lob the keeper’
Clearly the definition of the word has nothing to do with the "lob" used in that newspaper sentence. I can only guess it's a figurative usage, but what's the exact meaning of "lobbed critical inquiries at..."? It's just hard to fathom.