pin·​ball | \ ˈpin-ˌbȯl \
pinballed; pinballing; pinballs

Definition of pinball

intransitive verb

: to move abruptly from one place to another

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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 Johns Hopkins won courtesy of junior midfielder Alex Concannon’s goal with 11.3 seconds left in fourth quarter after senior midfielder Joel Tinney’s pass pinballed off a few players. Edward Lee,, "What we learned from the Big Ten men’s lacrosse tournament semifinals," 4 May 2018 As Sarah Gibbens at National Geographic reports, in the first 10 million years of our planetary family, swarms of protoplanets composed of rock, dust and gas likely pinballed around the sun. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Diamonds Trapped in Strange Meteorite Came From Solar System’s Earliest Planets," 19 Apr. 2018 Manu Ginobili pinballed his way into the paint for a right-handed layup, then drove again to find LaMarcus Aldridge for a dunk. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "For Manu, still too soon to say goodbye," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pinball

1955, in the meaning defined above

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