- Tenpins. a strike.
- Informal. any stroke or act that is completely successful.
Origin of ten-strike
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for ten-strike
“Billy had made a ten-strike in the West,” he remarked to his wife.The Brute
Frederic Arnold Kummer
Say, Cap., you've made a ten-strike today that ought to make you a Major.Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6)
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
The rest, Kennicott hinted, she'd better leave till he "made a ten-strike."Main Street
- tenpin bowling another word for strike (def. 40)
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