snooker

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
snook•er  (snŏŏkər, sno̅o̅kər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sporta 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.

v.t. 
  1. Slang Termsto deceive, cheat, or dupe:to be snookered by a mail order company.
  • origin, originally uncertain 1885–90


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

snooker /ˈsnuːkə/ n
  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
vb (transitive)
  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
Etymology: 19th Century: of unknown origin



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