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Mall or Pall Mall (London)

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From the Latin pellĕre mallʹeo (to strike with a mallet or bat; so called because it was where the ancient game of pell-mall used to be played. Cotgrave says:—

Pale malle is a game wherein a round box-ball is struck with a mallet through a high arch of iron. He that can do this most frequently wins.”

It was a fashionable game in the reign of Charles II., and the walk called the Mall was appropriated to it for the king and his court.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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