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  • n. Plural form of duckpin.
  • n. A game, played by bowling a small ball at such pins

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bowling game using a pin smaller than a tenpin but proportionately wider


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  • The object is to clear opponents out of the way while you knock down two of their duckpins that sit at the far end of the court.


  • He courted his wife over duckpins and also played trumpet in a swing combo, the Southland Five, until the mid-1960s.

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  • Yours had better be pristine when I hop into your passenger seat, or I won't go bowl duckpins with you, no sirree.

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  • I want to call them duckpins, but I'm not sure they're even fat enough to qualify.

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  • Tonight, diminished expectations combined with Palin's known-to-be-remarkable charisma made for the speech-making equivalent of putting a champ bowler two feet in front of a set of plastic duckpins.

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  • My father never held a tennis racket or a golf club, and he couldn't kick a football or catch a swift pitch, but he bowled whenever he got a chance – tenpins, duckpins, candlepins, cocked hat, and quintet, a difficult game, the rules for which I was told he had helped to make up.
    —James Thurber, 1952, 'Gentleman from Indiana', in The Thurber Album

    July 14, 2008