Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bowl v.

1. [1900s] (UK Und.) to notice, to find out.

2. [1960s+] (N.Z.) to be defeated, to be killed, to seduce.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

bowl from the pavilion end (v.) (also play from the pavilion end) [cricket imagery; no especial gay relevance to the pavilion end (the name of the other end will differ as to the ground, e.g. that at Lords is the ‘Nursery End’ which could be seen as bearing its own poss. paedophile overtones), other than (prob. coincidentally) that the pavilion is likely to contain the lavatories]

[1990s+] to be a male homosexual.

bowl off (v.) [SE bowl, to ride along on wheels]

[mid-19C] to die.

bowl out (v.) [cricket imagery]

1. [early–mid-19C] to kill.

2. [early 19C+] (also bawl out) to find out; to be found out.

3. [mid-19C] to be sentenced to death.

4. [mid-19C] to die.

5. [mid-19C+] (also bowl down) to defeat, to overcome, to get the better of.

can I bowl you?

[1900s] (Aus.) a phr. used to request that someone buys the speaker a drink.