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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A stroke in billiards made by striking the cue ball off center with the cue held nearly vertically, so that the cue ball moves in a curve around one ball before hitting another ball.


French, from past participle of masser, to make a mass├ę shot, from masse, mace (an early form of billiard cue), from Old French, club; see mace1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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