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bowling alley

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noun
  1. a long, narrow wooden lane or alley, for the game of tenpins.
  2. a building or enclosed area containing a number of such lanes or alleys.

Origin of bowling alley

First recorded in 1545–55
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Examples from the Web for bowling alley

Historical Examples

  • The library, the gymnasium, the bowling-alley, opened from the prayer-room.

    A Singular Life

    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

  • On the premises there was what had once been a bowling-alley.

  • How now, my fine trundletails; my wooden cosmographers; my bowling-alley in an uproar?

  • The bowling-alley at Sandringham was one of the best in England and the Prince was always fond of a game of bowls.

    The Life of King Edward VII

    J. Castell Hopkins

  • He entered the all-night chop-house, café, and bowling-alley of his friend and admirer, Justus O'Callahan.


British Dictionary definitions for bowling alley

bowling alley

noun
    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)
  1. a building having several lanes for tenpin bowling
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