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

Examples of eight ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, An eight ball of cocaine, seven stripping Susans, six kinds of chutney, five hundred miles both ways! The Washington Post, "Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors," 11 Dec. 2020 The loss and subsequent release of Gerald McCoy put the Cowboys behind the eight ball before the season even started, and losing Trysten Hill in Week 5 only compounded the issue. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 prospects in the 2021 NFL draft who fill major needs for the Dallas Cowboys," 27 Oct. 2020 The Sun offered up a magic eight ball, which is a clear connection to Aguilera. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "The Masked Singer’s Sun May Have Posted A Giant Spoiler By Accident," 7 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately with no offseason program, just a little behind the eight ball and then had an injury just like all the other 80 players that came to our camp — 80, 90. Dallas News, "Stephen Jones: The only thing Dak Prescott ‘is missing from Patrick Mahomes is winning that Super Bowl’," 12 Sep. 2020 The inability to gain valuable practice experience during OTAs and minicamp undoubtedly puts the rookie class behind the eight ball, especially the undrafted free agents. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Top candidates to climb Cowboys’ depth chart at camp, including a potential new O-line starter," 24 July 2020 After multiple years of sitting behind the eight ball with regards to streaming versus, say, hip-hop and pop music, the genre is becoming able to take more of a share of the top-performing songs at streaming services. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Blake Shelton, Luke Combs & More Lead Country Charge on Streaming Songs Chart," 5 June 2019 The new champion was handed a cue by a tuxedo-wearing mechanic, and proceeded to plant an eight ball, symbolizing his eighth title, into the corner pocket. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "Marc Marquez pips Fabio Quartararo in Thai thriller to clinch MotoGP title," 6 Oct. 2019 A week after rallying from 17 points down to beat Legacy 27-24, the Raptors were once again behind the eight ball Friday night, trailing Arvada West 23-14 late in the second quarter. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Colorado Prep Football Rewind, Week 5: Palmer Ridge pushed, Overland streaking, Sam Beers the touchdown maker and more," 28 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of eight ball

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Dec 2020

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“Eight ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eight%20ball. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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