pinball machine


Definition of pinball machine

: an amusement device in which a ball propelled by a plunger scores points as it rolls down a slanting surface among pins and targets

called also pinball game

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Bring some quarters and check out the Pinball Hall of Fame, a museum full of pinball machines from the 1950s to 1990s. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "How to visit Las Vegas for cheap: Affordable ways to get there, free things to do," 10 Aug. 2019 Sprinkled about are artful touches like a raw copper tap box and two pinball machines off the main room. Andre Meunier,, "Copier salesman hits reset button, starts Second Profession: Portland Breweries Series," 29 July 2019 Your question pings like an old pinball machine — jack-of-all-trade-ism, job-hopping, restaurant work, anxiety, ping, ping, ping. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: Does husband’s job-hopping point to ADHD?," 30 July 2019 Inside, people hover around a row of pinball machines: Attack From Mars, Star Wars, Eight Ball Deluxe, Red and Ted's Road Show. Mikaela Lefrak, Washington Post, "Competitive pinball is having a revival. This time around, women want their turn.," 29 July 2019 The walk-through will wow attendees with wacky, inflatable tube men, pinball machines, the world’s smallest car and a Humvee made completely out of lotto tickets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: 16 things to do outside Comic-Con without a badge," 16 July 2019 What is clear, however, is that Oberg has become Colorado’s most reliable reliever, especially during a summer in which Coors Field is back to playing like a pinball machine. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "3 big keys to the Rockies’ second-half playoff chances," 7 July 2019 No other park in baseball is capable of taking your average series and turning it into a pinball machine fueled by cocaine. Jon Tayler,, "The Rockies-Padres Series at Coors Field Was Bonkers in the Best Way Possible," 18 June 2019 There were pinball machines and grand pianos, Yamahas and Steinways, in every house. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "‘Great Successor’ book excerpt: Kim Jong Un’s gilded boyhood of chefs, travel and lessons on ruthless rule," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of pinball machine

1936, in the meaning defined above

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