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tenpins

[ten-pinz]
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noun
  1. (used with a singular verb) a form of bowling, played with ten wooden pins at which a ball is bowled to knock them down.
  2. tenpin, a pin used in this game.
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Origin of tenpins

First recorded in 1590–1600; ten + pin + -s3
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Examples from the Web for tenpins

Historical Examples

  • Kerk walked into them without slowing and they bounced away like tenpins.

    Deathworld

    Harry Harrison

  • The table caught them like a pair of tenpins and knocked them into the corner.

  • He ran into the line raging and upset it like a row of tenpins.

    Gladiator

    Philip Wylie

  • He relentlessly cut them down one after another like tenpins.

    Dave Dawson at Truk

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • Ride a horse or a bicycle; play tennis or tenpins, or toss a ball.

    The Science of Being Well

    Wallace Delois Wattles


British Dictionary definitions for tenpins

tenpins

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) a US and Canadian name for tenpin bowling
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