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nine·pin

 (nīn′pĭn′)
n.
1. ninepins(used with a sing. or pl. verb) A bowling game in which nine wooden pins are the target.
2. A wooden pin used in the game of ninepins.

ninepins

(ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz)
n
1. (Bowls & Bowling) (functioning as singular) another name for skittles. See skittle2
2. go down like ninepins (of each of a group of people) to become ill very easily and quickly

nine•pins

(ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz)

n.
1. (used with a sing. v.) tenpins played without the head pin.
2. ninepin, a pin used in this game.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ninepins - a bowling game that is played by rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley at a target of nine wooden pinsninepins - a bowling game that is played by rolling a bowling ball down a bowling alley at a target of nine wooden pins
bowling - a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them
Translations
لُعْبَة الكُرة والتِّسع قناني
kuželky
keglespil
kugli
keiluspil
kėgliai
ķegļu spēle
dokuz kuka oyunu

ninepins

[ˈnaɪnpɪnz] NPL (= game) → juego m de bolos; (= objects) → bolos mpl
to go down like ninepinscaer como bolos en bolera

ninepins

n (= game)Kegeln nt; to go down like ninepins (fig)wie die Fliegen umfallen (inf)

ninepins

[ˈnaɪnˌpɪnz] nplbirilli mpl
to go down like ninepins → cadere come birilli

ninepins

(ˈnainpinz) noun singular
a form of bowling in which nine bottle-shaped objects are knocked over with a ball. a game of ninepins; Ninepins is a very good game.
References in classic literature ?
You all go over like ninepins - one after the other.
On every side the fighting-men of Bekwando went down like ninepins - about half a dozen only sprang forward for a hand-to-hand fight, the remainder, with shrieks of despair, fled back to the shelter of the forest, and not one of them again ever showed a bold front to the white man.
Here was no commonplace, no Oakland Estuary, no weary round of throwing newspapers at front doors, delivering ice, and setting up ninepins.
Treat men as pawns and ninepins and you shall suffer as well as they.
Yours mayn't; but I strongly suspect yours of being not Socialists, but ninepins, which you have constructed for your own amusement.
There won't be no trains running along this line come many a week, and as for trees - why, it's as though some one had been playing ninepins in Squire Fellowes's park.
The country through which the road meandered, was rich and beautiful; the weather very fine; and for many miles the Kaatskill mountains, where Rip Van Winkle and the ghostly Dutchmen played at ninepins one memorable gusty afternoon, towered in the blue distance, like stately clouds.
As I did so, the Thing rose straight at me in a leap, and I was knocked over like a ninepin.
Dominic's brawny arm would be seen describing deliberately an ample horizontal gesture, a dignified sweep, and Cesar would go over suddenly like a ninepin - which was funny to see.
From the proportions of a mere point it advanced to the shape of a ninepin, and was soon perceived to be a man in black, arriving from the direction of Flintcomb-Ash.
The old gentleman is merely shaken and has his internal feathers beaten up, the cushion is restored to its usual place beside him, and the old lady, perhaps with her cap adjusted and perhaps not, is planted in her chair again, ready to be bowled down like a ninepin.
And there's no more benevolence bubbling out of him, than out of a ninepin.