eight ball


Definition of eight ball

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

Examples of eight ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pandemic put Johnson behind the eight ball in 2022. Stephen Means, cleveland, 8 Jan. 2022 The pandemic and everything else put the club behind the eight ball. Joe Noga, cleveland, 21 Dec. 2021 Firefighters, teachers, police and other workers in four other states that have cut the increases entirely — Iowa, New Jersey, Washington and Wyoming — are now behind the eight ball. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 The Delaware senator promised that Biden would not show up in Scotland behind the eight ball on the issue of climate. Andrew Murray, Fox News, 26 Oct. 2021 Now behind the eight ball in district standings, a win over a good Seminole Ridge team would help the Cobras’ RPI. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Oct. 2021 That's two huge moves for Axe in this episode, putting both Prince and Chuck behind the eight ball. Kyle Fowle, EW.com, 6 Sep. 2021 The final shot is of the lonely eight ball on the floor. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 25 Aug. 2021 Health officials don't want to wait until the nation gets stuck behind the pandemic eight ball again, but some experts worry the move was premature. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of eight ball

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2022

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“Eight ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eight%20ball. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of eight ball

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

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