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racquet

[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
noun
1.
racquets, (used with a singular verb) a game played with rackets and a ball by two or four persons on a four-walled court.
2.
racket2 (defs 1, 2, 4).
Origin of racquet
variant of racket2
Can be confused
racket, racquet.

racket2

or racquet (for defs 1, 2, 4)

[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
noun
1.
a light bat having a netting of catgut or nylon stretched in a more or less oval frame and used for striking the ball in tennis, the shuttlecock in badminton, etc.
2.
the short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
3.
rackets, (used with a singular verb) racquet (def 1).
4.
a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
Origin
1490-1500; < Middle French raquette, rachette, perhaps < Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the hand
Related forms
racketlike, adjective
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  • "Tommy Hollins coming to play," she vouchsafed in explanation of the racquet she carried.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • We might have a game before lunch; you can have my other racquet.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • The other man, with his racquet on the ground, was holding his eye with both hands!

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • She swung her racquet, looked at Shelton, cried, "Be quick!"

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • He says to his master, "The ball of your commands has rebounded from the racquet of my obedience."

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • The difference is that instead of racquet and ball, battledore and shuttlecock are used.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • He became pallid, threw down his racquet, and went to his rooms.

  • Margery started in by grasping the racquet firmly in both hands.

  • I saw instinctively that I was the one, and I held my racquet ready with both hands.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for racquet

racquet

/ˈrækɪt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of racket2

racket1

/ˈrækɪt/
noun
1.
a noisy disturbance or loud commotion; clamour; din
2.
gay or excited revelry, dissipation, etc
3.
an illegal enterprise carried on for profit, such as extortion, fraud, prostitution, drug peddling, etc
4.
(slang) a business or occupation: what's your racket?
5.
(music)
  1. a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
  2. a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
verb
6.
(rare) (intransitive) often foll by about. to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle1

racket2

/ˈrækɪt/
noun
1.
a bat consisting of an open network of nylon or other strings stretched in an oval frame with a handle, used to strike the ball in tennis, badminton, etc
2.
a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
verb
3.
(transitive) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
See also rackets
Word Origin
C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand
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Word Origin and History for racquet
n.

"handled hitting device used in tennis, etc.," c.1500, probably originally "tennis-like game played with open hand" (late 14c.), from Middle French rachette, requette (Modern French raquette) "racket for hitting; palm of the hand," perhaps via Italian racchetta or Spanish raqueta, both from Arabic rahat, a form of raha "palm of the hand." Cf. French jeu de paume "tennis," literally "play with the palm of the hand" (cf. tennis).

racket

n.

"loud noise," 1560s, perhaps imitative. Klein compares Gaelic racaid "noise." Meaning "dishonest activity" (1785) is perhaps from racquet, via notion of "game," reinforced by rack-rent "extortionate rent" (1590s), from rack (n.1).

"handled paddle or netted bat used in tennis, etc.;" see racquet.

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Slang definitions & phrases for racquet

punt 2

verb

  1. To drop a course in order not to fail it
  2. To give up; withdraw; cop out: I hate to punt, but I just don't have time to finish this job
  3. To improvise or do something different when faced with few or no choices: had to punt when he didn't get in his first-choice school
  4. To return something; throw (or kick) something back: The high court punted the usetax issue back to Congress and cleared the way for future legislative action
  5. To stall for time; to delay; to relinquish control: Clinton suddenly punted on health reform and shifted to welfare

[1970s+ College students; fr the kick out of danger in football, fr mid1800s Rugby football, ''kick the ball before it hits the ground,'' of unknown origin; perhaps echoic]

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