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to nurse billiard balls
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nurse \Nurse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nursed; p. pr. & vb. n. Nursing.] 1. To nourish; to cherish; to foster; as: (a) To nourish at the breast; to suckle; to feed and tend, as an infant. (b) To take care of or tend, as a sick person or an invalid; to attend upon. [1913 Webster] Sons wont to nurse their parents in old age. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Him in Egerian groves Aricia bore, And nursed his youth along the marshy shore. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To bring up; to raise, by care, from a weak or invalid condition; to foster; to cherish; -- applied to plants, animals, and to any object that needs, or thrives by, attention. "To nurse the saplings tall." --Milton. [1913 Webster] By what hands [has vice] been nursed into so uncontrolled a dominion? --Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. To manage with care and economy, with a view to increase; as, to nurse our national resources. [1913 Webster] 4. To caress; to fondle, as a nurse does. --A. Trollope. [1913 Webster] To nurse billiard balls, to strike them gently and so as to keep them in good position during a series of caroms. [1913 Webster]