bricole

bricole

[bri-kohl, brik-uhl]
noun
1.
Billiards. a shot in which the cue ball strikes a cushion after touching the object ball and before hitting the carom ball.
2.
an indirect action or unexpected stroke.

Origin:
1515–25; earlier, rebound off a court wall (in tennis), catapult < Middle French < Italian briccola, probably, with suffix substitution, < Langobardic *brihhil- that which breaks; compare Middle High German brechel-, derivative of brechen to break

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bricole (brɪˈkəʊl, ˈbrɪkəl)
 
n
1.  billiards a shot in which the cue ball touches a cushion after striking the object ball and before touching another ball
2.  (in ancient and medieval times) a military catapult for throwing stones, etc
3.  (esp formerly) a harness worn by soldiers for dragging guns or carrying stretchers
4.  an indirect or unexpected action
 
[C16: from Old French: catapult, from Medieval Latin bricola, of uncertain origin]

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