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Dish - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Dish

Dish is a billiards slang term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

Dish is another term for the act of performing a run out. A dish is when the shooting player sinks one of their object balls on their first shot, and continue on in that same inning to pocket all of their remaining required balls to win the game. Dish is a term used primarily by the British.

See: run, run out, run the table, eight and out, break and run, break and run out, runout, break and dish for more on the meaning of "Dish".

Dish - Usage

Robert had a dish with that last inning. Cleared the whole table.

Billiards - Dish

  • Title: Dish
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/7/2008 5:36:37 PM

Dish Comments

  1. Ian MIan M from Scotland, United Kingdom on 10/26/2019 1:24:47 PM

    Why is it called a dish though? Where did the terminology come from? Does anyone know?

  2. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 11/18/2019 4:11:43 PM

    I don't know for certain, but I suspect it's related to this slang definition of "dish" used as a verb:

    The modern slang meaning "to disparage, denigrate" is attested by 1940s; probably from the same figurative notion in dish it out "administer punishment" (1934). But "dished" meant "wasted, spent" in early 15c., presumably "used up as if made a meal of," and the same image was reborn centuries later in slang dish "frustrate, ruin, cheat" (1798), used by Byron, Scott, etc.

    ...and confirmed via Wikitionary:

    Dish (verb)

    (slang, archaic, transitive) To frustrate; to beat; to outwit or defeat.

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