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[ma-sey or, esp. British, mas-ee] /mæˈseɪ or, esp. British, ˈmæs i/
noun, Billiards.
a stroke made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held almost or quite perpendicular to the table.
Also called massé shot.
Origin of massé
1870-75; < French: literally, hammered, i.e., struck from above, straight down, equivalent to masse sledge hammer (Old French mace; see mace1) + -ee Unabridged
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(billiards) a stroke made by hitting the cue ball off centre with the cue held nearly vertically, esp so as to make the ball move in a curve around another ball before hitting the object ball
Word Origin
C19: from French, from masser to hit from above with a hammer, from masse sledgehammer, from Old French macemace1
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