Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 29, 2003
In Reply to: Shoot pool posted by ESC 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
Growing up in Brooklyn, NY in the mid fifties to early sixties, I spent many many hours/days in pool rooms where we played the game of pool AKA pocket billiards.