One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Billiards and Pool (chiefly US). A shot which causes the cue ball to drive the object ball off at an angle.
2Sport. A shot taken from or struck at an angle.
3Squash, etc. A shot struck at the side wall of the court so that it rebounds directly to the front wall without touching the floor.
4Photography and Film. A shot in which the camera is pointing obliquely at the subject.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. From angle + shot.
angle shot/ˈaŋɡl ʃɒt/
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