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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 of pinball
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; pin + ball1
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  • We just did a test yesterday and if he inspects this place now, we won't get enough money to build a pinball machine.

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  • From pinball games to tennis and skiing, from virtual bowling to virtual football, our thoughts make new experiences possible.

  • Later, in the Recreation Lounge, Ringg challenged him to a game with one of the pinball machines.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Resolutely, Bart turned his back on the bewitching colors, and bent over the pinball machine.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for pinball

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 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 pinball

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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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