Was playing beach volleyball when the winning team's players started jokingly using their hands to symbolize sort of a mortar-and-pestle, with one hand grinding circularly in the other bowl-shaped one. They also said words like "grill" or "barbeque".

Does this have any particular meaning in volleyball circles?

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the word "barbecue" definitly has a meaning in beachvolleyball. as tournaments used to be played in double-elimination-format, it meant that if you lost your first 2 games you have time for the barbecue. the saying was: "We lost one - two - barbecue" or to an opponent: "you'll go out of this tournament one - two - barbecue"


No particular meaning that I'm aware of (and I'm a keen volleyball player, both beach and indoors). I'd guess it's just for "crushing them" or "grinding them down".

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