from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In billiards, a shot which makes the cue-ball touch the cushion before hitting any other ball.


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  • Empowering Limbaugh in the hopes of a bank-shot against Republicans will yield the opposite result: Limbaugh will become more powerful, Republicans will relish his increased influence and allow him to do their dirty work.

    Peter Daou: Liberal Bloggers to Obama and Dems: We Told You So

  • Well, in something of a bank-shot argument, Republicans are saying that it is.

    Is Greece the new France? Or the new AIG?

  • Paul answered with a bank-shot jumper at the shot-clock buzzer, and James Posey's runner made it 85-81 with 90 seconds left.

  • The term “swine flu” is apparently offensive to both Muslims and Jews, a pretty impressive bank-shot of an insult if you ask me.

    In Israel, They’re Calling It The Mexican Flu

  • Udrih hit a bank-shot 3-pointer and Artest added a 3 of his own to give the Kings an 88-85 lead, then Artest stripped Redd and fed Francisco Garcia for a layup to stretch the lead to five.

  • Hornets G Bobby Jackson, who finished with 11 points, hit a bank-shot 3-pointer from 39 feet at the halftime buzzer.

  • And as for anxious Democrats and other worriers who suggest that maybe, just maybe, such a satiric bank-shot with comedic backspin won't be quite so clear to a broader audience -- anyone outside the Conde Nast building, for example -- well, just look at the record.

    Jeffrey Kluger: Cartoon Complexity

  • Guy Fox-narrator, Country Monthly columnist and husband of Clementine Fox, the veep who gets elevated when the president is killed in a freak accident-sounds just like Blount has sounded in his previous nine books: he's bank-shot smart, congenially spacey and deadpan funny.

    A Mixed Bag For Summer

  • Getting into the tournament was a shock anyway, after Doug Penno's bank-shot 3-pointer in the final seconds gave Miami the Mid-American Conference title a week ago. - Men's Basketball - Miami (Ohio) vs. Oregon

  • His clutch leaner with 7.2 seconds to go was overshadowed by Marbury's bank-shot, but it kept the Suns alive. - Suns cash in on two clutch banks to beat Spurs


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