Definition of flagrant foul

A foul where the rules are blatantly, intentionally violated, with a stiffer penalty (e.g., loss of game) than normal.

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

This is a carom shot that utilizes english and only two rails to achieve three cushion contacts.
Any shot in which the cue ball or an object ball has to squeeze by (just miss with almost no margin for error) another ball or balls in order to reach its intended target.
This is a table that offers poor conditions for play; it is either dirty, wet, or overall poor quality.
Cut Throat is a game of pocket billiards created to support three or five players. Balls are assigned to each player, and the purpose is to sink all the opponent's balls first to eliminate the other players.
Any standard pool cue used to shoot the majority of shots in a match.
This is the International Billiards and Snooker Federation. This organization governs non-professional snooker and billiards play all over the world.
A shot that only a novice or fool would take. Usually because it is a guaranteed scratch or other foul, or because it has a low percentage of being pocketed and is likely to leave the opponent in good position.
This is the act of looking over the stack, pile of balls in the middle of the table, to see if there are any opportunities in the game of one pocket.
Also piquet. Either a massé shot with no english, or a shot in which the cue stick is steeply angled, but not held quite as vertical as it is in full massé.
A player's turn at the table, also known as an inning.
The placement of player(s) automatically in a tournament where some have to qualify, or automatic placement in later rounds.
One of the two pockets one either side of a pool table halfway up the long rails. They are cut shallower than corner pockets because they have a 180 degree aperture, instead of 90 degrees. In the UK the term centre pocket or middle pocket are preferred.
This is English that turns into reverse English after contact with the object ball. This will close up the angle on a bank.
This is a special shaped leather or plastic bottle that is used on the table during play in special pocket games.
The non-red colored ball meant to be pocketed in a game of snooker, or the next ball meant to be pocketed in a particular game.
Same as foul
When the object ball banked of a rail goes directly in a pocket without kissing or touching any other object balls.
The sides of a table's frame upon which the elastic cushions are mounted. May also be used interchangeably with cushion.
Also tiptool, tip-tool. Any of a class of maintenance tools for cue tips, including shapers, scuffers, mushroom trimmers, tappers, burnishers and tip clamps. Road, league and tournament players often carry an array of tip tools in their cases. The term is generally not applied to cue chalk.
A Baulk line is line drawn across the table 29 inches from the bottom cushion and parallel to that cushion.
Exact opposite of fast, all senses.
This is a shot that attempts to move a number of balls onto your side of the table in a kind of herding attempt.
In a tournament, to place high enough to receive a payout. E.g., in a tournament that pays from 1st down to 5th places, to be at least 5th place is to be in the money.
The act of playing a devastating safety which leaves the opponent in a situation where it is very difficult or near impossible to make a legal hit on an object ball