What does 8 ball mean?
An 8 ball (also commonly called eight ball) is approximately an eighth of an ounce (ranging from 3 to 3.5 grams) of an illegal drug, most often cocaine.
Where did 8 ball come from?
The term appears to have originated in the mid-1980s, at least in print, and, as the citations below indicate, the going rate for such an item at that time ranged from $300 to $350.
How is 8 ball used?
Cuthbert allegedly sold "an eight ball of cocaine" to an undercover agent for $350.
— The Post-Cresent (Appleton, WI), 22 Apr. 1985
Banerdt is accused of selling an "8 ball" of cocaine to an undercover officer for $320 on Jan. 11 and again on Feb. 1, according to court records.
— Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay,WI), 18 Jun. 1985
On Oct. 8 a Drug Suppression Team agent purchased an "eight ball" of cocaine — or about four grams — for $300.
— Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, GA), 4 Nov. 1986
The suspect demanded an "eight ball" of heroin, money, and the keys to a truck, said Henry, who doesn't own a truck.
— Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), 18 May 1993
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