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Definition of ninepins noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ninepins

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈnaɪnpɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnaɪnpɪnz//
 
 
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Idioms
go down, drop, etc. like ninepins
 
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(British English, informal) to fall down or become ill/sick in great numbers Men and horses went down like ninepins before them, in a tangle of waving limbs. There’s a lot of flu about and people are going down like ninepins.