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Shoot pool

Posted by ESC on July 29, 2003

In Reply to: Shoot pool posted by sphinx on July 29, 2003

: is "shooting pool" a kind of game in the USA?

Pool is the game and shooting is the action taken during the game.

From Merriam-Webster online:

4 a : to engage in (a sport or game or a portion of a game that involves shooting ) : PLAY b : to place or offer (a bet) on the result of casting dice : to use up by or as if by betting : EXHAUST