snooker

[snoo k-er, snoo-ker]
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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)
  1. Slang. to deceive, cheat, or dupe: to be snookered by a mail order company.

Origin of snooker

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain
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  • The worst attack occurred after nightfall on Thursday at a snooker club in Quetta in an area frequented by Hazara Shia Muslims.

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    January 11, 2013

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British Dictionary definitions for snooker

snooker

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 (tr)
  1. to leave (an opponent) in an unfavourable position by playing a snooker
  2. to place (someone) in a difficult situation
  3. (often passive) to thwart; defeat

Word Origin for snooker

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for snooker
n.

1889, the game and the word said in an oft-told story to have been invented in India by British officers as a diversion from billiards. The name is perhaps a reference (with regard 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.

v.

"to cheat," early 1900s, from snooker (n.), probably because in the game novices can easily be tricked. Related: Snookered; snookering.

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