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 But Dupieux has always created mini-universes in which his deadpan-doofus characters can pinball about obeying the laws of a physics not quite the same as ours, so in many ways, the restrictions don’t seem to have restricted him that much. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 The game industry's constant cycle of layoffs and studio closures—and the turmoil that causes for developers who pinball from position to position—is at the center of Jason Schreier's book Press Reset, which was released earlier this year. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2021 The true freshman came right back to run for a 21-yard touchdown, then pinball his way to a 14-yard screen pass touchdown, then slice his way to a 6-yard score. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 The other Roys pinball around the world, jetting off to Waystar Royco’s various headquarters in private planes, diligently chartered by Hugo (Fisher Stevens). Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of pinball

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Pinball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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