[ ten-strahyk ]

  1. Tenpins. a strike.

  2. Informal. any stroke or act that is completely successful.

Origin of ten-strike

First recorded in 1830–40

Words Nearby ten-strike

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How to use ten-strike in a sentence

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

    The Brute | Frederic Arnold Kummer
  • If he could only find out something that Deborah Badger was particular interested in, then he believed he could make a ten-strike.

    Cape Cod Stories | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Tom, where you made a ten-strike with the old man was in accepting that horse herd at Dodge last fall.

    The Outlet | Andy Adams
  • They had done their work in the finest American naval style, and had made a ten-strike against the German mine-layers.

  • What made the particular ten-strike with us was the pride he took in that same mother.

British Dictionary definitions for ten-strike


  1. tenpin bowling another word for strike (def. 40)

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