A stroke in billiards made by striking the cue ball off center with the cue held at a sharper angle than is usual, so that the cue ball moves in a curve before hitting its target ball.
[French, from past participle of masser, to make a massé shot, from masse, mace (an early form of billiard cue), from Old French, club; see MACE1.]
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