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Billiards, Pool. a shot in which the cue ball hits two balls in succession.
any strike and rebound, as a ball striking a wall and glancing off.
to make a carom.
to strike and rebound.
Contemporary Examples

The Infiniti suddenly backed up into the radio cars then caromed forward into a turn.
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Historical Examples

Something wriggled at his knees and caromed off against Verba.
Local Color Irvin S. Cobb

Burke’s glasses flew from his face, hit the catwalk and caromed off to the ground.
Shaman Robert Shea

Allen blocked it with his chest and caromed it over to Swift.
Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell

It caromed off at a crazy angle, wobbling in its flight as the mercury within rolled from side to side.
Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell

In the last of the eighth Dean hit one that caromed off Griffith’s shin, and by hard running the little catcher made second.
The Young Pitcher Zane Grey

At the door he tried to move aside but was too slow for the quick moving young woman who caromed off him.
Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds

He now caromed from me and in the same manner embraced Tommy, and after this he tackled Gates.
Wings of the Wind Credo Harris

A fat one popped up out of the dirt crust almost between his toes and caromed off against an ankle.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

Then wheeling away he staggered into the forest; he reeled in his gait, crashed through bushes and caromed off trees.
The Devil in Iron Robert E. Howard

(billiards, US & Canadian)

a shot in which the cue ball is caused to contact one object ball after another
the points scored by this

Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) cannon

1779, earlier carambole (1775), from French carambole “the red ball in billiards,” from Spanish carombola “the red ball in billiards,” perhaps originally “fruit of the tropical Asian carambola tree,” which is round and orange and supposed to resemble a red billiard ball; from Marathi (southern Indian) karambal. Originally a type of stroke involving the red ball:

If the Striker hits the Red and his Adversary’s Ball with his own Ball he played with, he wins two Points; which Stroke is called a Carambole, or for Shortness, a Carrom. [“Hoyle’s Games Improved,” London, 1779]


1860, from carom (n.). Related: Caromed; caroming.


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