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1Chiefly US. A sound made as a pin lands on a hard surface. Also figurative: something as small or inconsequential as a pin falling; a trivial incident.
2Bowling. The number of pins knocked down in a tenpin bowling game; a score in tenpin bowling.
A fall in which a wrestler must hold an opponent's shoulders down on the mat for three seconds.
Mid 19th century. From pin + fall, after phrases at pin<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in Delphos (Ohio) Daily Herald. From pin + fall.
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