- behind the eightball, Informal. in a difficult, disadvantageous, or uncomfortable situation: He hasn't studied all term, and now he's behind the eightball.
Origin of eightball
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- (in pool) the black ball, marked with the number eight
- behind the eight ball in a difficult situation; snookered
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