five back

noun

Definition of five back

: a bowling game in which four pins are spotted on the back line and one at the end of the line next in front and in which three balls not exceeding six inches in diameter are rolled in each inning

called also fivepins

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“Five back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/five%20back. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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