or Pall Mall (London). From the Latin pellere mallco (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 boxball 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.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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