pell-mell
Pall-mall Pall`-mall", n. [OF. palemail, It. pallamagio; palla a ball (of German origin, akin to E. ball) + magio hammer, fr. L. malleus. See 1st {Ball}, and {Mall} a beetle.] A game formerly common in England, in which a wooden ball was driven with a mallet through an elevated hoop or ring of iron. The name was also given to the mallet used, to the place where the game was played, and to the street, in London, still called Pall Mall. [Written also {pail-mail} and {pell-mell}.] --Sir K. Digby. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

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  • Pell-mell — n. See {Pall mall}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • pell mell — obs. form of pall mall …   Useful english dictionary

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