pin·​ball | \ ˈpin-ˌbȯl How to pronounce pinball (audio) \
pinballed; pinballing; pinballs

Definition of pinball

intransitive verb

: to move abruptly from one place to another

Examples of pinball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doaks is 5 feet 11, 228 pounds, and is known as a downhill runner who has the size and strength to pinball off would-be tacklers. Omar Kelly,, 14 May 2021 Everyone expected this one to be a shootout where points would pinball around the stadium scoreboards and tackles and third-down stops would be at a premium. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Nov. 2020 Even if the initial option doesn’t score, the Timbers have been able to pinball shots and passes through the box to create messy — but effective — goals. Julia Poe,, 9 Aug. 2020 At one point, hysterical laughter breaks out, pinballing from tree to tree. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2020 Now that the rock is coasting in interplanetary space instead of pinballing around the Earth-moon system, its journey is more predictable. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2020 Washington’s victory came with loads of luck —Lars Eller’s 2OT goal pinballed off himself and Blue Jackets’ defenseman Zach Werenski before trickling past the goal line. Tyler Horka,, 19 Apr. 2018 At 150 feet up, Harrington slipped and fell, pinballing off the rocks before finally being caught in her rope. Scott Ostler,, 30 Nov. 2019 The conversation pinballs between tirades and black humour. The Economist, 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pinball

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Pinball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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