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pinball

[pin-bawl] /ˈpɪnˌbɔl/
noun
1.
any of various games played on a sloping, glass-topped table presenting a field of colorful, knoblike target pins and rails, the object usually being to shoot a ball, driven by a spring, up a side passage and cause it to roll back down against these projections and through channels, which electrically flash or ring and record the score.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; pin + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for pin-ball

pinball

/ˈpɪnˌbɔːl/
noun
1.
  1. a game in which the player shoots a small ball through several hazards on a table, electrically operated machine, etc
  2. (as modifier): a pinball machine
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Word Origin and History for pin-ball
n.

as a type of game, 1907, from pin (n.) + ball (n.1). Originally of types of open-air bowling and basketball variation where the goal was to knock down a pin or pins. Earlier still it meant "pin-cushion." The tabletop pin-ball machine is attested from 1937.

pinball

n.

also pin-ball, game played on a sloping surface, 1911, from pin (n.) + ball (n.1). Earlier it meant "a pincushion" (1803).

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Slang definitions & phrases for pin-ball

pinball

verb

To move about erratically: Robin Williams' comedy routines pinball from one manic impression to another

[1980s+; fr the game of pinball, found by 1911, in which a spring-propelled ball bounces about among obstacles]


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