Also loser. (Largely obsolete.) A shot in which the cue ball is potted after caroming off another ball.. In snooker and most pool games doing this would be a fault (foul), but the move will score points in many games in which hazards (as such) apply, such as English billiards , or in the final or game point in Cowboy pool. The term derives from this hazard costing the player points in early forms of billiards . Compare in-off , scratch . Contrast winning hazard .