- 1A game played with cues on a billiard table in which the players use a cue ball (white) to pocket the other balls (fifteen red and six coloured) in a set order: [as modifier]: a snooker hall a snooker tournamentMore example sentences
- The balls are 61.5mm in diameter, much larger than in snooker or billiards.
- A committee meeting will be held on Thursday night, names are being taken for the first tournament of the year, billiards and snooker, so we hope for a big response.
- There what I found was many ladies tend to take part in pool and they also compete in international tournaments even when it comes to billiards and snooker.
- 1.1 [count noun] A position in a game of snooker or pool in which a player cannot make a direct shot at any permitted ball: he needed a snooker to have a chance of winning the frameMore example sentences
- Leading 5-3 at the end of the afternoon session he won a remarkable opening frame last night by scoring 16 penalty points from two snookers and two free balls to take the frame when all had seemed lost.
- He gave me a frame when I was 26 in front with six reds on and then he's played on in the next frame after that when he needed three snookers.
- Hunter put Stevens in a snooker on the yellow, and the Welshman attempted a daring escape through the narrowest of gaps.
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- 1Subject (oneself or one’s opponent) to a snooker: he potted yellow and green, and then snookered Davis on the brown Hendry led, but then snookered himselfMore example sentences
- On his first visit Tony cleared the rest of his spots but snookered himself on the black.
- Unfortunately, having potted his first (and only ball as it turned out to be) Richard snookered himself.
- But the initiative was handed back to him after Dott snookered himself on the brown after potting the green and he was able to nick the frame.
- 1.1British Leave (someone) in a difficult position; thwart: I managed to lose my flat keys—that was me snookeredMore example sentences
- The Americans were snookered by their own arrogant assumption that they were dealing with an enemy who could only copy, badly, the wartime devices of the day.
- California has snookered itself, thinking it's defeated politics as usual.
- The Democrats were snookered because they couldn't say that they were against homosexual equality without alienating voters who were already in the bag.
- 1.2US Trick, entice, or trap: they were snookered into buying books at prices that were too highMore example sentences
- Sure, show the kids that the parents don't mean what they say and can be snookered into taking back a punishment.
- Apparently you are being snookered into making offers.
- Ironically, even the author of the famed phrase ‘irrational exuberance’ was snookered into believing that the old laws of economics had somehow been repealed.
late 19th century: of unknown origin.
More definitions of snookerDefinition of snooker in:
- The US English dictionary