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massé

[ma-sey or, esp. British, mas-ee]
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noun Billiards.
  1. a stroke made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held almost or quite perpendicular to the table.

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
Also called massé shot.
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massé

mass shot

noun
  1. 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 mace mace 1
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