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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. 2018.
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  • 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
  • The shot roll up the Murfreesboro pike like balls on a bowling alley.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • Day is just breaking, and the lake is as smooth as the floor of a bowling alley.

    Days in the Open Lathan A. Crandall
  • Our party met at the bowling alley, and we began to make all kinds of plans.

    The Potiphar Papers George William Curtis
  • She showed him the bowling alley, and began to play tennis with him.

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
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
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