Definition of pinball
: to move abruptly from one place to another
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The narrative has many other sub-stories, occasionally pinballing between them without transition or antecedent.
The cinematography is luscious and the action sequences impressively staged, especially a massive brawl in which the camera becomes a kinetic player in the fray, pinballing dizzily around the room.
The next few months have the band pinballing around Texas and Oklahoma, with a short New Mexico leg in early July, before starting a swing through Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas in late July.
To be sure, pinballing from one crisis to the next is not unprecedented, particularly for a White House still finding its footing.
And at a school in Manhattan, a principal told me how accommodating children from nearby shelters caused her student roster to pinball up and down, and her teachers just had to adjust.
The ball pinballed toward second base, but second baseman Logan Forsythe had already broken toward the hole.
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