[ puh-ching-koh ]
/ pəˈtʃɪŋ koʊ /
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a Japanese pinball game played on a vertical machine in which slots struck by the player's ball release other balls that in turn are exchanged for noncash prizes.
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Origin of pachinko
1950–55; <Japanese, equivalent to pachin click! (imitative) + -ko diminutive suffix
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Some citizens kill their times in local Japanese gambling shops, called pachinko parlors, or drinking heavily.Japan’s Ishinomaki City Still Stricken from Tsunami|Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky|March 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for pachinko
/ (pəˈtʃɪŋkəʊ) /
a Japanese game similar to pinball
Word Origin for pachinko
C20: possibly from Japanese pachin, imitative of the sound of a ball being fired by a trigger
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