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Sharp - Billiard Term Definition

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Definition of Sharp

Sharp is a billiards slang term that is a part of Skill Level Terminology.

Sharp is a chiefly British term referring to an extremely good pool player. You'll hear this term in the UK, whereas you would hear the term shark in North America. As a noun, a sharp is a very good player. This usage is common among non-players who often intend it as a compliment and are not aware of its derogatory senses. Used as a verb, and in the derogatory sense, sharp, or shark, is to perform some act or make some utterance with the intent to distract, irritate or intimidate the opponent so that they do not perform well, miss a shot, etc. Most league and tournament rules forbid blatant sharping, as a form of unsportsmanlike conduct, but it is very common in bar pool.

See: shark for more on the meaning of "Sharp".

Sharp - Usage

He's a sharp mate, be careful, and don't put up too much cash.

Billiards - Sharp

  • Title: Sharp
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 1/13/2008 10:43:54 AM

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