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

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Pocket-Run looks like typical eight ball pool at a glance. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Pool on your iPhone is better when it’s more like a video game," 24 May 2018 A pool table is available for the eight ball-inclined. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 Opponents say a new policy passed by Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission will unfairly leave charter school programs behind the eight ball. Ray Boyd, Philly.com, "Most famous Cosby accuser takes stand, ICE's aggressive tactics in Pa., Philly playoff weekend | Morning Newsletter," 13 Apr. 2018 In a series that doesn’t allow for much testing, that put Rahal and RLL behind the eight ball, but with an inquisitive and experienced mind like Sato in the fold, that should no longer be a problem. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar team previews: Rahal, Coyne aim to upend status quo," 4 Mar. 2018 In a series that doesn’t allow for much testing, that put Rahal and RLL behind the eight ball, but with an inquisitive and experienced mind like Sato in the fold, that should no longer be a problem. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "IndyCar team previews: Rahal, Coyne aim to upend status quo," 4 Mar. 2018 Tiger Woods is already behind the eight ball including his age, his many surgeries, rust and other factors in coming back to play on the PGA Tour. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Why Rory McIlroy thinks Tigermania costs Tiger Woods two shots a tournament," 19 Feb. 2018 But who cares about that because, OMG: Randall made a homemade eight ball and used it to ask a girl at the mall on a date. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'This Is Us' Season 2 Episode 12 Recap: An Important Detail About the Fire Is Revealed," 16 Jan. 2018 On a night when the hot, thin air—99 degrees at first pitch—helped carry a World Series–record eight balls out of the park, the NL rookie home run king watched a fastball die off his bat. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Dodgers Bullpen Allows Six Runs in Surprising Game 2 Stumble," 26 Oct. 2017

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1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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eight ball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eight ball

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

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