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1. verb To cause a batsman to be out by bowling a ball to them and striking the wicket. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bowl" and "out." I can't believe I got bowled out again!
2. noun A method of deciding a tie game in which five players from each team bowl at an unguarded wicket. The team with the most hits is awarded the win. In this usage, the phrase is often hyphenated. Well, if it's a tie score, the game will have to be decided by a bowl-out.
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Chiefly British In the game of cricket, to retire some batsman with a bowled ball that knocks the bails off the wicket. Used chiefly in the passive: They played well but were bowled out shortly after lunch.
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