eight ball

noun

Definition of eight ball

1 :a black pool ball numbered 8
2 :misfit
behind the eight ball
:in a highly disadvantageous position

First Known Use of eight ball

1932


EIGHT BALL Defined for English Language Learners

eight ball

noun

Definition of eight ball for English Language Learners

  • : a black ball that is numbered 8 in the game of pool


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