Definition of fish

Either to hit the balls hard with no intention in mind other than to get lucky (or 'hit-and-hope'), or to shoot hard at the money ball ball with the same intention. Compare slop and fluke.

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

The number of balls pocketed in an inning in pool (e.g., a run of five balls), or points scored in a row in carom billiards (e.g., a run of five points). Compare British break (sense 2), which is applied to pool as well as snooker in British English.
Slang for a mechanical bridge.
Chiefly British: bank shot played up and down the longer length of the table off a short rail and into a corner pocket, as opposed to the more common bank across the short length into a center pocket or corner.
Certain rules say you must designate your shot before taking it. Generally this is just calling the ball to be sunk in which pocket, and is not dependent on touching rails or other balls, but very well can be.
Nine Ball is a rotation game so a player must hit the lowest numbered ball first.
The object of the game is pocket the 9-ball on any legal shot.
This is English that turns into reverse English after contact with the object ball. This will close up the angle on a bank.

An attempt of a legal clean shot (not a slop shot) that goes badly wrong due to improper stroke, stance, table position or table conditions in which the result of the shot is completely unexpected and not what was predicted at all.

Similar to run out, but more specific to making all required shots from the start of a rack. Also known as also break and run or break and dish.
This describes a shot in snooker where the cue contacts more than one object ball.
This is to miss your shot but either luckily or on purpose leave your opponent with nothing to shoot at.
Any shot that intentionally accounts for the elasticity of the cushions to allow a ball to bank past an otherwise blocking ball. The moving ball will sink in to the cushion very near the blocking ball giving it sufficient space to get past it or kiss off the back side of it.
An agreement between two players in a tournament, one of whom will advance to a guaranteed money prize if the match is won, to give a certain percentage of that money to the loser of the match. Also known as a saver.
This is the white ball in carom games which is separated from the clear ball by a marking (usually a dot or spot).
This is any game of pool played with money on the line. You can "put some action" on the game.
This is a bank in which the object ball hit will cross the path of the cue ball on the way to its destination.
This is to have control on the cue ball in your shots.
This is missing the fact that you owe a ball in a game of one pocket after a scratch.
Area on the corner of a carom table, which is defined by a line between the second diamond on the side rail and the first diamond on the end rail, where only three successive points are allowed before the object ball must be cleared out of the area.
A shot where the shooter was trying to make the shot but misses. However, the result of the missed shot ends up being a very good defensive play.
This is an object ball that essentially covers up a path necessary for sinking the desired object ball.
Same as cheating the pocket. Principally used in snooker.
When a particular ball is given as a handicap in nine-ball, designating that ball in turn means that it must be made in rotation, when it is the lowest numerical ball remaining on the table, and cannot be made to garner a win earlier in the game by way of a combination, carom or any other shot. For example, if a player is spotted the 8 ball, he only wins by making that ball after balls 1 through 7 have been cleared from the table.
This word is used as slang to define a player as amateur or recreational.
When you hit the object ball you are aiming for (or the manditory next ball) without the cue ball hitting other object balls first.