croquet

[kroh-key; British kroh-key, -kee]
noun
1.
a game played by knocking wooden balls through metal wickets with mallets.
2.
(in croquet) the act of driving away an opponent's ball by striking one's own when the two are in contact.
verb (used with object), croqueted [kroh-keyd; British kroh-keyd, -keed] , croqueting [kroh-key-ing; British kroh-key-ing, -kee-ing] .
3.
to drive away (a ball) by a croquet.

Origin:
1855–60; < French (dial.): hockey stick, literally, little hook; see crocket

coquette, croquet, croquette.
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croquet (ˈkrəʊkeɪ, -kɪ)
 
n
1.  a game for two to four players who hit a wooden ball through iron hoops with mallets in order to hit a peg
2.  the act of croqueting
 
vb , -quets, -queting, -queted
3.  to drive away (another player's ball) by hitting one's own ball when the two are in contact
 
[C19: perhaps from French dialect, variant of crochet (little hook)]

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croquet
1858, from Northern Fr. dialect croquet "hockey stick," from O.N.Fr. "shepherd's crook," from O.Fr. croc, from O.N. krokr "hook." Game originated in Brittany, popularized in Ireland c.1830, England c.1850, where it was very popular until 1872.
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Example sentences
She insists on every one's playing croquet before lunch, to which she gathers
  in a curiously mixed collection of neighbors.
In the summer, activities include swimming and croquet.
Guests have access to the hotel's football pitch, croquet, pool table and
  tennis court.
Additional recreational opportunities include croquet and a practice putting
  green.
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