New Pinball Dictionary



Pinball terms used by the pinball gaming community which may or may not be a part of the official pinball lexicon. Besides, some of these terms are just made-up… ^_^ If you have a suggestion for a nomination to the New Pinball Dictionary, or you would like to support, “second”, or improve something that has already been nominated, you can do any one of the following:

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I will note the Nominators and Supporters on each entry when available. The more support an entry gets, the more likely it will be inducted and get a separate post as a New Pinball Dictionary entry. Thanks for your contributions!

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The Inductees:

Ace / Aced / Aced Out Alley Pass Another Satisfied Customer Bail Out Bally Brick Bang Back Bash Target Batman Shimmy Belsito Big Four Big Six Bleeder Bounce Back Bounce Pass Brick Bubble Boy Cheesing Chemical Warfare Chill Maneuver Chimp Flipping  Chopping Wood Cliffy’d / Cliff-ied Cradle Robber Cradle Separation Dead Bounce / Dead Flipper Pass Death Save Defense Drainbow Drain Train Driver / Bus Driver Drop a Bomb Drop Catch Drunk Driver Eddie Murphy Everybody Out of the Pool Expo Expressway ExpoGlare Fast Four FLR-ry / FLR-riness Free Look Fun With Bonus Gatekeeper (concept) Gatekeeper (player) Gorilla Flipping Gunching Heartbreaker House House Party In Jail Inlane Pass / Inlane Transfer Killjoy Lance Armstrong Late Night Beat Down Lazarus Lemmings Live Catch Lonesome Loser Loop Pass Maxwell Smart McEwen Strategy / McEwen Special Ock Block Outlane Drain Train Passy Pete Townshend Pinjury Post Pass Pre-Plunge Pee / Pre-Plunge PissRainbowReturn Lane Transfer Robbing the Cradle Rock the Cradle Rollover (one word) Roll Over (two words) Safety Valve Sam Harvey Scottified Straight Down the Middle / SDTMSeal Flipping Shatz / Shatz-pot / Shatz*Bot Shatz the Inlane Shotgun / Shotgun Seat Snail Time Snipe / Sniping Snowman Spider-Man Shimmy Spinnage Split Drain Stack Stack Blocker / Stack Stopper Stage Flipping Stereo Sternament Succubus Super Shatz*Bot Tap Pass  Taxi Turn Tilt Bobble Tommy Dollars Travelling Trifecta Turn Over Up, Over and Gone Viagra Target WPPR-ize Walk Off WPPR-tunity Wicked Shimmy Zombie Ball 

The Nominations:

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Concepts that need words …

The following concepts were brought up but need words created for them. The words in the headings are placeholders. Any suggestions?

Extension of sniping and defense for PAPA style qualifying?

As an extension of the sniping or defensive playing, there should be a term for purposely tilting your bonus away so as to not score enough to hurt a previous entry.

Purposely sacrificing your bonus so that your reinforcement doesn’t hurt the first entry. At first glance I’m thinking of words in the neighborhood of “casualty” and “sacrifice”.

What’s it called when I look at my top score in an entry, and play to come close but not surpass it?

It’s sort of like defense but slightly different… You are playing purposely not to harm your previous entry with the possibility of putting up another good entry. It’s sort of like “defensive reinforcement”, but I think we can do a little better than that.

— Scott Charles/Jim Fordham

buying the tournament?

Some variation of “buying the tournament” … Donator vs. Benefactor

Not quite short plunge?

What is it called when you plunged the ball by hitting the plunger in, as opposed to pulling the plunger back. Games like Metallica and X-Men benefit from this move, for example. The dictionary doesn’t have an entry for that move yet, so we decided to ask for your help! Let’s suggest some names for that technique! I threw Slap Plunge and Push Plunge out there, but can you think of something more on-the-nose? It’s not quite a short plunge… Hmmmm…

— The Pinball Podcast

Suggestions from contributors: Power Plunge, Slap Plunge, Plunge Lunge. Plunge Palm. Smack Attack,  Shove Shot, Silver Rod Slapper, Slam Plunge, Splunge

Super Powerful Plunge?

What do you think it should be called when you pull the plunger back, grab the edge of the lockdown bar with your fingers, then put your thumb on the plunger… That way, you can push it in extra hard to get a super powerful plunge?

No-tilt exploit?

the overt action of taking advantage of a machine that has a generous or no tilt.

–Frank Romero

Spousal Support?

a term for what a player feels they must do to get in the good graces with the spouse so that the player can go to the next tournament without there being repercussions.

Not getting it done when it counts?

a term for when you practice on a game and you put up great scores, but in the next game you play, whether it be league or tournament play (when it really counts) you totally mess it up.