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tenpins

[ten-pinz] /ˈtɛnˌpɪnz/
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.
Origin of tenpins
1590-1600
1590-1600; ten + pin + -s3
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  • "Why, they've put you into a tenpin alley," were his words of greeting.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • He struck Asa Lemm fairly and squarely in the stomach, bowling him over as if he were a tenpin.

  • Dick had let fly the jagged stone, taking him directly in the forehead and keeling him over like a tenpin.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • How he got past Dick never knew, but those watching saw him fiercely bowl over his opponent like a tenpin.

  • The Gutter Pup went back like a tenpin, staggered, and kept his footing.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • The canoe was bowled over like a tenpin, and Ned went head first into the yellow flood.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • The bear gave me a slashing cuff on the side of the head, and I went down like a tenpin.

    The Young Forester Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for tenpin

tenpin

/ˈtɛnˌpɪn/
noun
1.
one of the pins used in tenpin bowling See also tenpins

tenpins

/ˈtɛnˌpɪnz/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) a US and Canadian name for tenpin bowling
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