masse-shot

massé

[ma-sey or, esp. British, mas-ee]
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:
1870–75; < French: literally, hammered, i.e., struck from above, straight down, equivalent to masse sledge hammer (Old French mace; see mace1) + -ee

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massé or massé shot (ˈmæsɪ)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from French, from masser to hit from above with a hammer, from masse sledgehammer, from Old French macemace1]
 
massé shot or massé shot
 
n
 
[C19: from French, from masser to hit from above with a hammer, from masse sledgehammer, from Old French macemace1]

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