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bowl over

1. Literally, to collide with and force someone or something to fall to the ground. A noun can be used between "bowl" and "over" or after "over." When they were reunited at the airport, my daughter leapt into her boyfriend's arms and bowled him over. It seems that the wind has bowled over all of our trashcans.
2. To thoroughly shock, impress, or overwhelm. A noun can be used between "bowl" and "over" or after "over." My daughter was totally bowled over when her boyfriend returned from his business trip early and showed up at her birthday party. The show of support from everyone just bowled me over.
See also: bowl, over

bowl up

To add a substance that can be smoked to the bowl of a pipe. I just carry this pipe to evoke the air of Sherlock Holmes—I never actually bowl up.
See also: bowl, up

bowl out

1. verb In cricket, 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 In cricket, 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.
See also: bowl, out

bowl someone over

 
1. Lit. to knock someone over. (Fixed order.) We were bowled over by the wind. Bob hit his brother and bowled him over.
2. Fig. to surprise or overwhelm someone. (Fixed order.) The news bowled me over. The details of the proposed project bowled everyone over.
See also: bowl, over

bowl up

to fill a pipe bowl with smokable material. The detective bowled up and struck a match. Roger bowled up, but forgot to light his pipe.
See also: bowl, up

bowl over

Astonish, surprise greatly, overwhelm, as in I was simply bowled over by their wonderful performance. This term originated in cricket, where it means "to knock all the bails off the wicket." [Mid-1800s]
See also: bowl, over

bowl out

v.
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.
See also: bowl, out

bowl over

v.
1. To knock someone or something down to the ground: The kids ran down the hallway, bowling over everyone in their way. A strong wind will bowl that billboard over.
2. To make a powerful impression on someone; astound someone: She bowled over everyone at the meeting with her amazing presentation. His new songs bowled me over, so I bought his new CD. You must go hear this poet—you will be bowled over!
See also: bowl, over
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We eventually did a questionnaire to see if bowling was something people were interested in and took it to the other bowling alleys around the city and found out many people there were Harlem residents who went downtown to bowl.
Dozens of friends and fellow bowlers attended Muller's party, where three cakes were served up - one of them with a picture of Muller holding a bowling ball.
In addition to the repairs to the bowling area, she plans on adding a comedy club, billiards parlor and private film screening room upstairs.
The sad part of it is it gets known as an old person's game because that's who you see bowling,'' Clark said.
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SIMI VALLEY - With a competitive streak, a benign grumpiness and a dry sense of humor that keeps everyone smiling, Bob Bigler is a welcome sight four days a week at the local bowling alley.