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Topic: CRICKET

Date: 1400-1500
Origin: bowl 'ball used in bowling' (15-21 centuries), from Old French boule, from Latin bulla 'bubble'

bowl

2 verb
     
bowl2
1 [intransitive and transitive]DS to roll a ball along a surface when you are playing the game of bowls
2 [intransitive and transitive]DSC
a) to throw a ball at the batsman (=the person who hits the ball) in cricket [↪ bat]
b) [transitive] to make a batsman have to leave the field by throwing a ball so that it hits the wicket behind him
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to travel along very quickly and smoothly
bowl along/down
We were bowling along at about 90 miles per hour.

bowl somebody ↔ out

phrasal verb
DSC in cricket, when a team is bowled out, each member of the team has had to leave the field and there is no one left to bat

bowl somebody ↔ over

phrasal verb
1 to accidentally hit someone and knock them down because you are running in a place that is full of people or things [= knock over]
2 to surprise, please, or excite someone very much [= knock out]:
He was bowled over by her beauty.
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