from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Games A black pool ball that bears the number eight and that may put a player at a disadvantage.
- idiom behind the eight ball Slang In an unfavorable or uncomfortable position.
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- n. Alternative form of eight-ball.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a black pool ball bearing the number 8; should be the last to go in certain pool games
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When the stranger sank the eight ball in a hundred-dollar game, Slick’s fear turned to anger and he threw his custom cue across the room like a crazed Zulu.
Slick McCall had been the undisputed king of eight ball at the Head of the Slug Saloon since before it had been called the Head of the Slug.