pall-mall

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pall-mall †mallet used in the game (also so called) in which a ball was driven through an iron ring XVI; †alley in which this was played, (hence) name of an alley in London XVII, now Pall Mall. — F. †pal(le) mail(le) — It. pallamaglio, f. palla ball + maglio mallet.

Pall Mall

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Pall Mall a street in London built on the site of an alley for playing pall-mall, a 16th- and 17th-century game in which a boxwood ball was driven through an iron ring suspended at the end of a long alley.