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Scotch doubles

Posted by RRC on June 04, 2007

In Reply to: Scotch doubles posted by Big Dave Knight on June 03, 2007

: "Scotch doubles" - In pool/billiard terms this means a doubles match in which team mates "share" an inning by playing alternate shots... But what is the origin of the phrase?

: Thanks in advance for any help you can provide with this conundrum... This is a question that appears on pool web sites like mine almost every year!

My guess would be that it's a pejorative use of the term scotch to imply "cheap" since 2 players only pay for one game. I've also seen it used in bowling.