Idiom: Go down like ninepins

Hello everybody

Could anyone please tell me the origin of the given idiom?

Go down like ninepins

Thanks a lot in advance


Nine pins is a bowling game in which the wooden pins are knocked down by a heavy ball that is rolled at them. When they are struck, they fall down loudly, dramatically and decidedly; therefore to go down like ninepins is to lose or fail decidedly and obviously.