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snooker

[snoo k-er, snoo-ker] /ˈsnʊk ər, ˈsnu kər/
noun
1.
a variety of pool played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of colors other than red, in which a player must shoot one of the red balls, each with a point value of 1, into a pocket before shooting at one of the other balls, with point values of from 2 to 7.
verb (used with object)
2.
Slang. to deceive, cheat, or dupe:
to be snookered by a mail order company.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; origin uncertain
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Examples for snookered
  • A situation where a player has fouled, leaving the opponent snookered.
  • A common related adjective describing a player in this situation is snookered.
British Dictionary definitions for snookered

snooker

/ˈsnuːkə/
noun
1.
a game played on a billiard table with 15 red balls, six balls of other colours, and a white cue ball. The object is to pot the balls in a certain order
2.
a shot in which the cue ball is left in a position such that another ball blocks the object ball. The opponent is then usually forced to play the cue ball off a cushion
verb (transitive)
3.
to leave (an opponent) in an unfavourable position by playing a snooker
4.
to place (someone) in a difficult situation
5.
(often passive) to thwart; defeat
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for snookered
snooker
1889, the game and the word said to have been invented in India by British officers as a diversion from billiards. The name is perhaps an allusion (with reference to the rawness of play by a fellow officer) to British slang snooker "newly joined cadet" (1872). Tradition ascribes the coinage to Col. Sir Neville Chamberlain (not the later prime minister of the same name), at the time subaltern in the Devonshire Regiment in Jubbulpore. The verb meaning "to cheat" is from early 1900s, probably because novices can be easily tricked in the game.
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Slang definitions & phrases for snookered

snookered

adjective

Swindled; cheated: snookered by the post office again


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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