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pall–mall

play
noun \ˌpel-ˈmel, ˌpal-ˈmal, US often ˌpȯl-ˈmȯl\

Definition of pall–mall

  1. :  a 17th century game in which each player attempts to drive a wooden ball with a mallet down an alley and through a raised ring in as few strokes as possible; also :  the alley in which it is played



Origin of pall–mall

Middle French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball (of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balla ball) + maglio mallet, from Latin malleus — more at ball, maul


First Known Use: 1598


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