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The actual definition is a bit vague, and globally applicable. Although the pool usage may mean backspin, it actually can mean anything. It is comparable to the phrases "elbow grease" or "heat" from baseball, in the fact that it is a metaphor for a non-existent amplifier.
I had to put some english on my handgun to get it to fire.

I put some english on my car to get it the last mile.

I put some english on that punch, it knocked him cold.
by Chris Redfield July 27, 2005
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