from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A billiard-table with pockets, usually 6 in number, one in the middle of each side and one at each corner.


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  • From the first big televised trial, the New Bedford, Mass., pool-table rape, to William Kennedy Smith and Lyle and Erik Menendez, the smell of the spectacle is the same.

    The O.J. Legacy

  • Ya don't beg, ya don't petition, ya don't say 'gee, we've got rights too,' 'cause he don't give a crap about yer rights, ya don't appeal to his sense of decency 'cause he ain't got one -- ya out-shoot him at the freakin 'pool-table!

    John Eskow: Time Has Come Today: Or, What Would Abbie Do?

  • It occurred to him that Lottie could aid him, for she had doubtless done her share of pool-table first aid and backroom midwifery in a checkered career that spanned the Natchez riverboats and San Francisco's Barbary Coast.


  • You see, what I'd heard under Sale's pool-table had been the strains of salvation, and I'll tell you why.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • In one end were a dozen "rooms," separated by partitions reaching half way to the sheet-iron roof, and in the other a single combination of grocery and general store, saloon and pool-table, assorted filth and the other attributes of outposts of civilization.

    Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras — Being the Random Notes of an Incurable Vagabond

  • Whereupon a dozen strong men, each shouldering a cue, formed in line and marched around the pool-table, pausing now and then to slap one another on the back and utter some horrible imprecation against Caleb Coppins.

    Knowledge is Power

  • Down at the pool-table, one night, Mr. Calkins paused over his shot and remarked to the smoke-embalmed gathering:

    Knowledge is Power

  • On the right-hand side as you go inside them pool-table doors is another mahogany partition, and back of that is the cutting-room already.

    Potash & Perlmutter Their Copartnership Ventures and Adventures

  • I told him he ought to do his rubaiyatting at home, and he made a scene, to avoid which I hastened with my guest over to the billiard-room; and there, stretched at full length on the pool-table, was

    A House-Boat on the Styx

  • The dining-table stood between hogsheads of molasses and a blazing log-fire, the counter of the store was their buffet, a pool-table with a cloth, blotted like a map of the Great Lakes, their sideboard, and Indian Pete acted as butler.

    Ranson's Folly


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