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 Billet-doux [pronounce billy doo].Billings (Josh). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Billiards.
 
A corrupt form of the French billard.Autrefois, le bâton avec lequel on poussait les billes”; then “la table verte sur laquelle on joue”; and, lastly, the “game itself.”   1
        Similar plural forms are the games called bowls, cards, dominoes, draughts, marbles, quoits, skittles, tops, etc.
 


 Billet-doux [pronounce billy doo].Billings (Josh). 

 
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