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[ten-strahyk] /ˈtɛnˌstraɪk/
Tenpins. a strike.
Informal. any stroke or act that is completely successful.
Origin of ten-strike
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The rest, Kennicott hinted, she'd better leave till he "made a ten-strike."

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • “Billy had made a ten-strike in the West,” he remarked to his wife.

    The Brute Frederic Arnold Kummer
  • They met as usual the amused inquiries of the Passonians regarding the ten-strike they had been expected to make.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • Say, Cap., you've made a ten-strike today that ought to make you a Major.

  • Judging from the effect upon her and the publisher, I may calculate on what bowlers call a ten-strike.

    Hawthorne Henry James, Junr.
  • She had made, as Gilmore said to his wife behind the curtain, a "ten-strike."

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • They have no ninepins, so they are not trying to make a ten-strike.

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
  • I thought he did make a ten-strike once, but that the slide twenty years ago knocked his claim into a cocked-hat?

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • They had done their work in the finest American naval style, and had made a ten-strike against the German mine-layers.

  • He wrote me jubilantly of what a ten-strike he was going to make with that speech.

British Dictionary definitions for ten-strike


(tenpin bowling) another word for strike (sense 40)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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