[pel-mel, pal-mal, pawl-mawl]
- a game, popular in the 17th century, in which a ball of boxwood was struck with a mallet in an attempt to drive it through a raised iron ring at the end of a playing alley.
- a playing alley on which this game was played.
Origin of pall-mall
[pal mal, pel mel]
- a street in London, England, famed for its clubs.
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Examples from the Web for pall-mall
Harold wavered an instant: Pall-Mall was still strong in him.The Golden Age
Hence the Mall and Pall-Mall, where games like croquet were played.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
If he played at pall-mall she watched him play, and played herself.The book of the ladies
Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme
Cambuca, kam-bū′ka, n. a pastoral staff: a curved stick used in the game of pall-mall.
Here he also played at pall-mall, for so is that game called by garrulous old Pepys.Picturesque Sketches of London, Past and Present
- a game in which a ball is driven by a mallet along an alley and through an iron ring
- the alley itself
C17: from obsolete French, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball + maglio mallet
- a street in central London, noted for its many clubs
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Word Origin and History for pall-mall
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