I don't think I can bowl a 12-pound ball.
We bowl every Thursday night.
Do you like to bowl?
I haven't bowled since I was a kid.
She usually bowls around 150.
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While the pet parents enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving fare, the canine attendees were treated to pet-safe food options made with Ollie products and plenty of goodies like custom dog bowls and caricatures.—Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 And a Japanese mortar and pestle, a brilliant little tool whose ceramic bowl has a toothy, rough interior, effortlessly grinds spices to a fine powder.—Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2023 Rocky then turned the program over to Hoke in January 2020 after guiding the Aztecs to nine straight bowl appearances.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2023 The bowl of warm-weather flavors is a blend of mango, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (no dairy!), and the smoothie's bright green color comes from fresh spinach.—Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2023 Make egg wash: Combine the eggs and a bit of water in a shallow bowl.—Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 Of the 24 quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2017, 11 were outside of the New Year’s Six bowls and only Richardson sat out.—Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 With five different sizes and shapes, the kit can house wine glasses, a variety of plates, bowls and more.—Korin Miller, wsj.com, 16 Nov. 2023 Crafted from porcelain, these bowls resist cracks, stains, and scratches, while their elegant weight adds a touch of quality and style.—Hannah Rice, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023
More stories In better times, 7 million Americans took bowling seriously enough to join weekly leagues, often playing for office or factory teams.—David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2023 On squid ships, which make up a large portion of the Chinese distant-water fleet, every surface is covered in oozy ink, and at night the decks are bathed in bright light from bowling ball-sized bulbs that are used to attract squid to the surface of the water.—Ian Urbina, TIME, 26 Oct. 2023 Utah State has been bowl eligible 10 of the past 12 years.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2023 Dressed in loose, peasant-style garb by costume designer Danielle Preston, all the actors do a terrific job keeping the pace bowling along, while varying the tone and stepping smoothly into the roles of various characters.—Celia Wren, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 Bobbi-Lynn Nichols and her younger sister Tricia were bowling at Just-In-Time Recreation on Wednesday night.—Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 27 Oct. 2023 Three weeks ago, Aaron had bowled 275 at the facility, now the site of a mass shooting.—Jeong Park, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2023 Add mixed greens, apple, cranberries, feta, pistachios, and roasted sweet potato to bowl with dressing, and toss to fully coat.—Marianne Williams, Southern Living, 22 Sep. 2023 Prince Fielder's bowling ball celebration (Sept. 6, 2009).—Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English bolle, from Old English bolla; akin to Old High German bolla blister
Noun (2) and Verb
Middle English boule, from Middle French, from Latin bulla bubble
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1