One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A game played on a lawn, in which colored wooden balls are driven through a series of wickets by means of mallets.as modifier ‘a croquet lawn’
- ‘It contained a bowling green and croquet lawn, both taken up now with extensions and parking.’
- ‘My brother and I took a radio out onto the lawn and there smashed it into a thousand pieces with croquet mallets.’
- ‘She swung the croquet mallet up onto her shoulder as though carrying a rifle in a passing out parade.’
- ‘Several people started a game of croquet, while a couple of the girls stripped down to bathing suits to sunbathe.’
- ‘That said, nearly all four-wheel-drive cars are equally capable of amazing their owners by getting stuck on little more than a mildly sloping croquet lawn.’
- ‘You can play croquet on the lawn after lunch, walk in the forest and take a fishing rod out to the local rivers.’
- ‘As long as there are children, croquet sets and lawn chairs, there will always be a reason for a lawn.’
- ‘Alfred picks up the discarded croquet mallets and follows them.’
- ‘Here the tennis court, croquet lawn and swimming pool are integral to the design.’
- ‘The grounds include a gazebo, a putting green, water feature, croquet lawn and walkways through parkland and woodland.’
- ‘With more leisure time available, lawn sports became fashionable, and games like croquet and lawn tennis cemented the value of a thick, well-groomed lawn as a base for family activities.’
- ‘Visitors will be able to browse around bring and buy stalls, enjoy refreshments and take part in a game of croquet.’
- ‘We used to play croquet on a croquet lawn at the back of the house.’
- ‘I played my first game of croquet on the lawn in his beautiful garden.’
- ‘A game of croquet takes most of the day, and the two teams of four commenced at nine in the morning with doubles.’
- ‘The afternoon of croquet and side games will be followed by a social get-together.’
- ‘The resort also has a supervised children's indoor area, tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a bowling green and archery facilities.’
- ‘It has a heated outdoor pool, outdoor kitchen and croquet lawn.’
- ‘In true Victorian style, you can play croquet on the lawn or chess, cards and board games in the games room.’
- ‘Some people like precise formal gardens, some want to play croquet on a big lawn, others like the wild country look.’
- 1.1 An act of croqueting a ball.
- ‘A player may take a croquet under certain circumstances when one ball hits another.’
- ‘A rover has the right of the roquet and consequent croquet on every ball once during each turn of play.’
Drive away (an opponent's ball) by holding one's own ball against it and striking this with the mallet. A player is entitled to do this after their ball has struck an opponent's ball.
- ‘Oh good, she said, and wiped the lawn with me, roqueting and croqueting my balls to oblivion.’
Mid 19th century: perhaps a dialect form of French crochet ‘hook’.
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