How to Win at Croquet, 1867

group of men and women on croquet lawn with mallets

It is often the case that you and an enemy may both be in position for the last bridge. In such a case as a general rule roquet him, then croquet or roquet-croquet through the bridge, roquet again and croquet him against the starting post, thus depriving the other side of a rover, and gaining the advantage.

Caroline L. Smith, Popular Pastimes for Field and Fireside

Just remember this handy rhyme: roquet, croquet/roquet-croquet, roquet, croquet = OK! Actually, don’t. Your neurons will short-circuit and you’ll end up shambling around aimlessly with mallet aloft, like those poor confused Victorians in the illustration.