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pin +‎ fall


pinfall (plural pinfalls)

  1. (wrestling) A victorious maneuver in which both of an opponent's shoulders are held against the mat for a prescribed period of time.
    • 2005, Jon Gallo, "Hammond's Cohen an Artist on the Mat," Washington Post, 3 Feb. (retrieved 14 July 2008),
      Cohen is best known for the confidence he displays on the wrestling mat, . . . stringing one move after another until he hears the referee's hand slap the mat to signal a pinfall.
  2. (bowling) The number of pins toppled by a bowler or bowling team during a game, tournament, career, or some other measured period.