Brotherly love went missing when the action started in a table-top game of carrom between two Lavington men, a court has heard.
Bhagat Kadariya took offence at some "rude things" said to him in Nepalese.
He threatened to attack his brother, telling him: "If you didn't go inside, I'll hit you."
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The pair were playing the Indian board game in the garage of the Kemp Street, Lavington, house they share with their parents in the early afternoon of September 12.
Police told Albury Local Court the victim went inside the house, then on returning Kadariya told him: "If you didn't pay me, I'll kill you."
The victim grabbed a knife and held it upside down, the blade facing back along his arm.
Kadariya chased his brother, who called police.
Kadariya, 25, pleaded guilty to intimidation and was placed on a nine-month conditional release order, without conviction.