One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(Billiards and Snooker) a shot in which the player puts backspin on the cue ball by striking it below the centre, causing it to move backwards from the object ball.
2(Association Football) a shot with a curving trajectory, produced by putting spin on the ball.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Roberts (1823–1893).
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