Billiard


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Billiard

An alternate term for one quadrillion, or 10^15. The term was coined in Germany during the hyperinflation under the Weimar Republic in the early 1920s.
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Begging your pardon, ma'am, it wasn't a billiard saloon, but a gymnasium, and I was taking a lesson in fencing.
A week after the Upolu's departure, the Malakula dropped anchor and her skipper came ashore for a game of billiards and to gossip until the land breeze sprang up.
Hermann was sitting quite alone in the large, wooden room with the two lifeless billiard tables shrouded in striped covers, mopping his face diligently.
The curtained windows clouded the Break of Day, but it seemed light and warm, and it announced in legible inscriptions with appropriate pictorial embellishment of billiard cue and ball, that at the Break of Day one could play billiards; that there one could find meat, drink, and lodgings, whether one came on horseback, or came on foot; and that it kept good wines, liqueurs, and brandy.
Then he got up, saying he had half a mind to go over to Klein's hotel and play a game of billiards.
My brother Solomon tells me it's the talk up and down in Middlemarch how unsteady young Vincy is, and has been forever gambling at billiards since home he came.
I tried to forget his vulgar story in billiards, but he had spoiled my game, and next day to punish him I gave my orders through another waiter.
Lady Grace was playing billiards with Captain Wilmot.
I can't ride, can't play golf or billiards, and for an unintelligent chap like me," he wound up with a sigh, "there aren't a great many other ways of passing the time.
I cared more for athletics, and--there is no reason I should not confess it--more for billiards.
He beat Morse at billiards, and that's something to brag of, for Morse thinks he knows everything.
Let's have a game at billiards," one of his friends said--the tall one, with lacquered mustachios.