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1‘he got a wicket for every thirty balls he bowled’
pitch, throw, propel, hurl, toss, lob, loft, fling, launch, let fly, shy, cast, project, send, deliver
informal chuck, sling, bung, heave, buzz, whang
North American informal peg
Australian informal hoy
NZ informal bish
2‘the car bowled along the country roads’
hurtle, speed, career, shoot, streak, sweep, hare, fly, wing
drive, motor, move, travel, go, proceed
informal belt, pelt, tear, scoot, tool
British informal bomb, bucket, shift, go like the clappers
North American informal clip, boogie, hightail, barrel
archaic post, hie
1‘she cracked two eggs into a bowl’
dish, basin, pan, pot, crock, crucible, mortar
container, vessel, receptacle, repository
pudding bowl, soup bowl, fruit bowl, punchbowl, mixing bowl, sugar bowl, finger bowl, rose bowl
historical jorum, mazer, porringer, reservatory
2‘the town lay half a mile away in a shallow bowl’
hollow, valley, dip, depression, indentation, well, trough, crater, cavity, concavity, sinkhole, hole, pit, excavation
3‘they are playing a concert at the Hollywood Bowl next month’
stadium, arena, amphitheatre, coliseum, colosseum
1‘the explosion bowled us over’
knock down, knock over, bring down, fell, floor, prostrate
catch off balance
2‘I have been bowled over by everyone's generosity’
overwhelm, astound, amaze, astonish, surprise, impress, overawe, dumbfound, stagger, stun, daze, bewilder, nonplus, shock, startle, shake, take aback, leave open-mouthed, leave aghast
take someone's breath away, strike dumb, catch off balance
knock for six, knock sideways, throw, floor, flabbergast, faze, blow someone's mind, blow away
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