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jeu de paume(Noun)
A precursor of lawn tennis, played by hitting the ball with the palm of the hand instead of a with racquet.
Jeu de paume
Jeu de paume is a ball-and-court game that originated in France. It was an indoor precursor of tennis played without racquets, though these were eventually introduced. It is a former Olympic sport, and has the oldest ongoing annual world championship in sport, first established over 250 years ago. Originally spelled jeu de paulme, it is sometimes called courte paume or "real tennis".
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Jeu de Paume
an oath which the deputies of the Third Estate took on June 13, 1789, not to separate till they had given France a constitution.
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