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ninepins

[nahyn-pinz] /ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) tenpins played without the head pin.
2.
ninepin, a pin used in this game.
Origin of ninepins
1570-1580
1570-80; nine + pins
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Examples from the Web for ninepins
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  • Treat men as pawns and ninepins and you shall suffer as well as they.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Margaret hunted about in the attic, and found a box of ninepins.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • Peter was silently appointed to set up the ninepins for them.

  • The Indians fell like ninepins, but there were always more to come on.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • Had any one had the courage to do so, they would have gone down like a row of ninepins.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • So thought not the City Guard, four of whom went down like ninepins.

    Hunted and Harried R.M. Ballantyne
  • What a shindy you have made, bowling us all down like ninepins!

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • You will find no playing at bowls or ninepins here, as you probably imagine.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • Treat men as pawns and ninepins, and you shall suffer as well as they.

    Discourses in America Matthew Arnold
  • But our fire was too much for them; they fell like a row of ninepins.

    Human Bullets Tadayoshi Sakurai
British Dictionary definitions for ninepins

ninepins

/ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) another name for skittles See skittle (sense 2)
2.
(sing) one of the pins used in this game
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Word Origin and History for ninepins
n.

1570s, from nine + pin (n.). From the number of pins to be knocked down.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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