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1. (Billiards & Snooker) (in pool) the black ball, marked with the number eight
2. behind the eight ball in a difficult situation; snookered



1. (in pool) a black ball bearing the number eight.
2. Slang. a misfit.
behind the eightball, in a difficult or unsolvable situation; stymied.
[1930–35, Amer.]
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The score doesn't tell the complete story with Chizzy behind the eightball early doors and never at the races.
For a long time now, we've been behind the eightball in one-day cricket and we've fallen behind by a long way, and it's time for a catchup.
Wales head to Edinburgh for an appointment with Scotland next Sunday, having already been nudged behind the eightball by an England team that proved too strong, although being without 12 front-line players.
Daniel Clowes' "Ugly Girls" story from Eightball #8 (1992) is another personal favourite, as is Jeffery Brown's more melancholy Unlikely (2003).
I can't wait to own The Complete Eightball 1-18 (Fantagraphics), the forthcoming collection of Daniel Clowes's legendary '90s series--which includes, among many amazing things, the original "Art School Confidential" comic (1991).
Thunder were behind the eightball early on, Lee Brickwood's try putting them four points down in the opening exchanges as head coach Stanley Gene's men searched for a foothold into the game.
Exhibition: The Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E Chicago Ave, at Mies van der Rohe Way, 312 280 2660) is hosting Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, the first retrospective of the Eightball and Ghost World.
The book is due to be published on 3rd July 2013 by Eightball Press.
Bitingly sarcastic and arrestingly perceptive, Eightball was initially characterized by incisive comics screeds ("I Hate You Deeply"), adults-only gags and satires ("Needledick the Bugfucker"), maladapted observational pieces ("The Party"), and longer, surrealistic narratives (Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron).
We see the necessity and any time we get notification of safety blitzes that come around throughout Ontario, we approach small companies that are still behind the eightball to catch up to where the bigger companies are.