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A stroke in billiards made by striking the cue ball off center with the cue held at a sharper angle than is usual, so that the cue ball moves in a curve before hitting its target ball.

[French, from past participle of masser, to make a massé shot, from masse, mace (an early form of billiard cue), from Old French, club; see mace1.]
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(ˈmæsɪ) or

massé shot

(Billiards & Snooker) billiards a stroke made by hitting the cue ball off centre with the cue held nearly vertically, esp so as to make the ball move in a curve around another ball before hitting the object ball
[C19: from French, from masser to hit from above with a hammer, from masse sledgehammer, from Old French mace mace1]
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n., pl. -sés.
a billiard stroke with the cue held virtually perpendicular to the table.
[1870–75; < French: literally, hammered, i.e., struck from above <masse sledge hammer (Old French mace)]
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Noun1.masse - a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly verticallymasse - a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically; the cue ball spins around another ball before hitting the object ball
billiards - any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls
pocket billiards, pool - any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets
stroke, shot - (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand; "it took two strokes to get out of the bunker"; "a good shot requires good balance and tempo"; "he left me an almost impossible shot"
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The instant my father was dead creditors seemed to spring up out of the ground, and to assail us en masse. Everything that we possessed had to be surrendered to them, including a little house which my father had bought six months after our arrival in St.
One afternoon (I had then been three weeks at Lowood), as I was sitting with a slate in my hand, puzzling over a sum in long division, my eyes, raised in abstraction to the window, caught sight of a figure just passing: I recognised almost instinctively that gaunt outline; and when, two minutes after, all the school, teachers included, rose en masse, it was not necessary for me to look up in order to ascertain whose entrance they thus greeted.
The whole population of the great six-million city was stirring, slipping, running; pres- ently it would be pouring EN MASSE northward.
You are supposed to have escaped, en masse, from your keepers.
Had the abhorred effort been extorted from them by injudicious and arbitrary measures on the part of the Professor, they would have resisted as obstinately, as clamorously, as desperate swine; and though not brave singly, they were relentless acting EN MASSE.
In other words, on learning that the old lady had changed her mind about departing, and was bent on setting out for the Casino again, the whole of our gang (Polina only excepted) proceeded en masse to her rooms, for the purpose of finally and frankly treating with her.
This spirit had infected the Mercenaries, of which three regiments in particular were ready to come over to us en masse.
The strata of the latter are frequently arched wit perfect symmetry, and the appearance of some of the masse is in consequence most singular.
On these crests hug masses, exceeding in dimensions any small building, seeme to stand arrested in their headlong course: there, also, th curved strata of the archways lay piled on each other, lik the ruins of some vast and ancient cathedral.
Aglaya, however, suggested that it was a little unceremonious to go en masse to see him.
"The defense was better than the Red Sox," Masse added.
And Liverpool came out to see them en masse too with around 800,000 people flocking to the docks to get a close-up look at the ships.