Whitewash - Billiard Term Definition
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Definition of Whitewash
Whitewash is a billiards slang term that is a part of Skill Level Terminology.
Whitewash is a term used in snooker for the act of a player to be the victor in every single required frame in a match. This means that the player has essentially shut out the opponent by not allowing them to win a single game. Whitewash is primarily a British term. An example of a whitewash would be when a particular player wins 5 straight games in a best of nine frame. This being said, a 1 game win in a frame of 1 game is not considered a whitewash.
In pool, a whitewash occurs when a player sinks one of each group on the break, then goes on to run the table and pocket the 8 ball leaving the opponent's six balls on the table.
Whitewash - Usage
The frame was a whitewash. Julie won 4 games in a best of 7 games frame.
Whitewash - Origin and History
The term whitewash in a billiard context is said to have been derived from a similar term used in a popular UK card game called patience. The term is primarily British.
Billiards - Whitewash
- Title: Whitewash
- Author: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)
- Published: 11/17/2007 10:58:51 PM
- Last Updated: 9/1/2016 7:38:03 AM
- Last Updated By: billiardsforum
- Marcel Chowdhury from United Kingdom on 9/4/2015 9:49:57 AM
In pool, if a player pots one of each group of balls on a break and then clears up the rest of his group and pots the black ball (leaving his opponent's remaining six balls on the table) - Is this deemed as a white wash?
- billiardsforum from Halifax, NS on 9/1/2016 7:39:36 AM
Yes you could call that a whitewash. I added the pocket billiards (pool) context of "white-wash" to the definition above.
- Jabu from Johannesburg, Gauteng on 3/16/2018 4:42:26 AM
Is it also deemed a white wash if you pocket 4 balls (2 of each) off the break shot, and then pocket your 5 balls and then the 8 ball to win the game?
- billiardsforum from Halifax, NS on 3/16/2018 5:34:50 AM
Not technically. However, you still might be able to call it a white-wash since the opponent never had a single inning at the table.
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