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

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Both sides see it as being in their interest to avert the alternative: A chaotic fall congressional session that could have pinballed from crisis to crisis. Andrew Taylor,, "House easily passes budget bill that lifts debt limit, raises spending, has Trump support," 25 July 2019 Sione Takitaki has pinballed between the second and third unit this spring. Dan Labbe,, "Browns minicamp defensive report: Versatility is a good thing for a young cornerback," 6 June 2019 For four decades Richard Sexton has been playing a transcontinental game of Concentration, pinballing between New Orleans and the cities of the Creole diaspora—Havana, Quito, Cartagena, Cap-Haïtien—documenting resonances in architecture and style. Nathaniel Rich, The New York Review of Books, "Nathaniel Rich," 21 Mar. 2019 Rollicking in the movie’s background is an economy pinballing into full tilt. Ty Burr,, "Why we should be thankful for ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 11 July 2018 That seemed like a lifetime removed from the first steps Leo took on a football field as a young immigrant trying to pinball his way through American culture. Conor Orr,, "The 2018 Draft Is an African Immigrant Story," 24 Apr. 2018 The Cameroonian kids, who have never been outside their country, were dizzy with excitement as word of their good fortune pinballed around their hilly neighborhood. Ronnie Polaneczky,, "Four Cameroonian teens are 'almost inconsolable' after being denied access to Philly basketball camp | Ronnie Polaneczky," 11 July 2018 Bike commuters traveling to Caltrain or AT&T Park have to pinball around Muni buses, taxis, Uber and Lyft cars, and traffic spilling in from Interstates 80 or 280. Rachel Swan,, "Bicyclists protest as city plans for safer lanes hit bumps," 13 July 2018 So many more must content themselves with pinballing around the margins. Michael Phillips,, "'Avengers: Infinity War' review: Marvel's semi-infinite jest, capped by a sucker punch," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pinball

1955, in the meaning defined above

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