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pall-mall

 (pĕl′mĕl′, păl′măl′, pôl′môl′)
n.
1. A game of the 1600s in which a boxwood ball was struck with a mallet to drive it through an iron ring suspended at the end of an alley.
2. The alley in which this game was played.

[Obsolete French pallemaille, from Italian pallamaglio : palla, ball (of Germanic origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots) + maglio, mallet (from Latin malleus; see melə- in Indo-European roots).]
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pall-mall

(ˈpælˈmæl)
n
1. (Team Sports, other than specified) a game in which a ball is driven by a mallet along an alley and through an iron ring
2. (Team Sports, other than specified) the alley itself
[C17: from obsolete French, from Italian pallamaglio, from palla ball + maglio mallet]
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pall-mall

(ˈpɛlˈmɛl, ˈpælˈmæl, ˈpɔlˈmɔl)

n.
1. a game, popular in the 17th century, in which a ball of boxwood was struck with a mallet in an attempt to drive it through a raised iron ring at the end of a playing alley.
2. the playing alley.
[1560–70; < Middle French pallemaille < Italian pallamaglio=palla ball1 (< Langobardic) + maglio mallet (< Latin malleus)]
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Noun1.pall-mall - a 17th century game; a wooden ball was driven along an alley with a mallet
game - a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game"
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References in classic literature ?
I want to be nearer the places of diversion; so I am going to Pall-mall." "And do you intend to make a secret of your going away?" said Jones.
Games in which gain serves as recompense for skill and bodily or mental activity, such as tennis, pall-mall, charging the ring, chess, and backgammon, are by nature good and licit forms of recreation.