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ninepins

noun
     
Related topics: Other Games, Other Sports
nineā€§pins [uncountable]
1DSODGO a game in which you roll a ball at nine bottle-shaped objects to try to hit them so that they fall
2

drop/go down like ninepins

if people or things drop like ninepins, many of them fall down or become ill or injured suddenly all at the same time:
It's just three weeks into the season and players are dropping like ninepins.

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