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8 ball

or 8-ball or eight-ball or eight ball or eightball [ehyt bawl]

What does 8 ball mean?

An 8 ball is one eighth of an ounce of a drug (usually cocaine). It can also refer to a mix of crack-cocaine and heroin as well as the malt-liquor brand Olde English 800. Sometimes, it can act as a derogatory term for a black person.

Where does 8 ball come from?

Examples of 8 ball

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall / With a joint, drinkin some 8-ball
Ice Cube, “A Gangsta's Fairytale,” (song), 1990
At her worst, Riggles says she was using an 8-ball (about 3.7 grams) of meth a day.
Kaysey Price, Detroit Lakes Online, December 2017
might fuck around and delete my entire social media presence, quit my job, drop out of school, do an 8 ball of coke, crawl under a porch, and die
@hunt5r, January 2018

Who uses 8 ball?

8 ball as an amount of drugs is most often used by drug dealers and law enforcement and has been since the 1980s. It has also made its way into popular culture via rap. It can also be used on social media for comedic effect or dramatization.

Several references to 8 ball as in malt liquor appeared in songs by NWA in the mid 1980s, but other rappers, including Snoop Dogg and Afroman, have used the term since.

Green’s Dictionary of Slang records several other, though less common, slang uses of eight ball: a derogatory term for a black person (1919, on account of the pool ball’s color), a turd (1997, because of color and shape), and a group of prisoners serving eight-year sentences (2000).

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