Definition of cinch a ball

To play a shot with the stroke and speed that makes it easiest to pocket the object ball, even at the expense of sacrificing position.

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

This is an object ball that essentially covers up a path necessary for sinking the desired object ball.
A set practice routine.
In British terminology, a bank shot.
The inside walls of a pocket billiards table's pockets.
A tournament format in which a player must lose two matches in order to be eliminated.
The overall competition between two players, two pairs of players or two teams of players, usually consisting of a predetermined number of frames or games (sometimes organized into rounds).
Artistic pool is a trick shot competition, inspired by the related discipline of artistic billiards.
Chiefly American: The cushion on the foot rail. Compare top cushion; contrast head cushion.
A reference to the amount of English applied to the object ball from the cue ball.
A multi-game division of a match, as used in some league and tournament formats. For example, in a match between 2 teams of 5 players each, a 25-game match might be divided into 5 rounds of 5 games each, in which the roster of one team moves one line down at the beginning of each round, such that by the end of the match every player on team A has played every player on team B in round robin fashion.
A level of competition elimination in a tournament, such as the quarterfinal round, semifinal round and final round.
Alternate name for the cue ball.
In carom billiards games, a term for the opponent's cue ball, which for the shooting player is another object ball along with the red.
When a player is on the receiving end of a devastating safety where it is very difficult or near impossible to make a legal hit on an object ball.
Hitting the object ball with too large of a cut angle; hitting the object ball too thin. It is a well-known maxim that overcutting is preferable to undercutting in many situations, as is more often leaves the table in a disadvantageous position on the miss than does an undercut. See also professional side of the pocket.
A British term for a pot that requires very fine contact between cue ball and object ball. See also feather.

1- Shortened phrase of "ball-in-hand".

2 - In snooker, the ability to place the cue ball anywhere inside the boundaries of the D. This occurs at the start of a frame, and after the cue ball has been potted or forced off the table.
Also a short form of "Ball In Hand".

Slang term for the cue ball.
The upper portion of a cue which slides on a player's bridge hand and upon which the tip of the cue is mounted at its terminus. It also applies to the main, unsegmented body of a mechanical bridge.
The person who is a provider of all or part of a player's stake (money) for a gambling session in which one is not a player.
To contact the chosen object ball in such a way to make it bank off a rail before being pocketed.
Same as duck. Derives from an easily shot ball "hanging" in the pocket.
This is the state after which the person returning the break has had the opportunity to catch and even the field after the breakers advantage.
A players skill level, ball advantage or match advantage when using a handicapping system.
Named after their innovator, legendary cuemaker George Balabushka, Bushka rings are decorative bands of material incorporated into pool cues, commonly just above the wrap area, in the form of ebony and ivory blocks, or sometimes other materials, alternating in a checked pattern.
When a player is playing flawlessly, just "cannot miss" and the game seems effortless.
A soft joint-like plastic or linen base material. It lets the cue whip, putting more English on the cue ball.