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bowling alley

a long, narrow wooden lane or alley, for the game of tenpins.
a building or enclosed area containing a number of such lanes or alleys.
Origin of bowling alley
First recorded in 1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Our party met at the bowling alley, and we began to make all kinds of plans.

    The Potiphar Papers George William Curtis
  • I don't know where I'll put you, unless it's the bowling alley, but I guess that's your size.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I woke one night, happened to look out of the window and saw the Marquis going into the bowling alley.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • Day is just breaking, and the lake is as smooth as the floor of a bowling alley.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • In the gleam that came from the bowling alley behind me, something showed softly red and green and white against the wooden door.

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
British Dictionary definitions for bowling alley

bowling alley

  1. a long narrow wooden lane down which the ball is rolled in tenpin bowling
  2. a similar lane or alley, usually with raised sides, for playing skittles (ninepins)
a building having several lanes for tenpin bowling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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