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[bri-kohl, brik-uh l]
  1. Billiards. a shot in which the cue ball strikes a cushion after touching the object ball and before hitting the carom ball.
  2. an indirect action or unexpected stroke.
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Origin of bricole

1515–25; earlier, rebound off a court wall (in tennis), catapult < Middle French < Italian briccola, probably, with suffix substitution, < Langobardic *brihhil- that which breaks; compare Middle High German brechel-, derivative of brechen to break
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Historical Examples

  • Bricole” angles are made across the table, and are of course proportionately more acute.

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British Dictionary definitions for bricole


  1. billiards a shot in which the cue ball touches a cushion after striking the object ball and before touching another ball
  2. (in ancient and medieval times) a military catapult for throwing stones, etc
  3. (esp formerly) a harness worn by soldiers for dragging guns or carrying stretchers
  4. an indirect or unexpected action
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French: catapult, from Medieval Latin bricola, of uncertain origin
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