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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Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for ten-strike



tenpin bowling another word for strike (def. 40)
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