Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of ninepin.
  • n. The game of skittles

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A game played with nine pins, or pieces of wood, set on end, at which a wooden ball is bowled to knock them down; bowling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The game of bowls played in an alley with nine men or pins.
  • n. plural The pins with which this game is played. See tenpins.

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

  • n. a bowling game that is played by rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley at a target of nine wooden pins

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Examples

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  • He secured a seat in the Commons as one of Sir James Lowther's "ninepins," and speedily won the respect of the House.

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  • With the favorites falling like ninepins, the unlikely beneficiary has been Sean Gallagher, a reality TV show star and businessman who was considered a 40 to one outsider when the race started.

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  • Here was no commonplace, no Oakland Estuary, no weary round of throwing newspapers at front doors, delivering ice, and setting up ninepins.

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  • A set of tiny old ninepins with beautiful wormholes in them.

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  • These are fluid times in pop, with barriers between musical genres falling like ninepins.

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  • These two lads started on these trees, and had them falling like ninepins, it was taking the rest of us all our time to keep pace stripping them.

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  • I've seldom been to a performance at the Globe where somebody doesn't faint, and at Titus Andronicus a few years back there was a domino effect in the Yard with people going down like ninepins; guessing who would be next was almost as compelling as the cannibalism happening on stage.

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  • When Grete's drunken father loses her in a game of ninepins to the local innkeeper, she runs away to pursue Fritz.

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  • Mattie Ulrich's striking costumes included some that made of a bevy of nurses, escorting maimed soldiers, look like the ninepins that prompted Grete's flight from home.

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