One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually as modifier A stroke made with an inclined cue, imparting swerve to the ball.‘a massé shot’
- ‘Although it's quite spectacular, and a shot that will get you out of certain very tough situations, a massé shot is also very dangerous.’
- ‘You want the cue ball to massé right slightly, into the object ball so that it will widen the angle to the rail.’
- ‘If you want to execute a massé shot, all you have to do is convince the cue ball to take on a certain amount of abnormal spin.’
- ‘It will be very difficult for a student to learn how to aim if the ball does not follow a straight line. Advanced players use curve and massé shots to their advantage, but they know how, and it is not an accident.’
- ‘In the movies, the star is shown sinking several balls at once, or performing beautiful massé shots.’
Late 19th century: French, past participle of masser ‘make a massé stroke’.
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