The action of the batsman not attempting to play at the ball.
The arrangement of balls in play that remains after a shot is made (which determines whether the next shooter — who may be either the same player, or an opponent — has good options, or only poor ones).
Permission to be absent; time away from one's work.
From Middle English leven, from Old English lǣfan, from Proto-West Germanic *laibijan, from Proto-Germanic *laibijaną, causative of *lībaną, from Proto-Indo-European *leyp-.
Cognate with Old Frisian lēva, Old Saxon lēvian, Old High German leiban, Old Norse leifa (whence Icelandic leifa), lifna (whence Danish levne). More at lave, belive.
Formed in English by conversion (anthimeria) of the transitive verb leave#Etymology 1. Attested since the 19th century, with earliest references to billiards.
From Middle English leve, from Old English lēaf ("permission, privilege"), from Proto-Germanic *laubō, *laubą, from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ- ("to love, hold dear"). Cognate with obsolete German Laube ("permission"), Swedish lov ("permission"), Icelandic leyfi ("permission"). Related to Dutch verlof, German Erlaubnis. See also love.
From Middle English leven, from Old English līefan, from Proto-West Germanic *laubijan, from Proto-Germanic *laubijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-. Cognate with German lauben ("to allow, believe"), Icelandic leyfa ("to allow").
From Middle English leven, from lef. More at leaf.
From French lever. Compare levy. Compare also Middle English leve, a variant of levy that may have been monosyllabic.
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