behind the eight ball


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eight ball

n. Games
1. A black pool ball that bears the number eight.
2. A game in billiards played with a cue ball and 15 object balls in which the winner must pocket the eight ball after pocketing the seven balls numbered either higher than or lower than the eight ball, with the requirement that the cue ball must first strike one of the seven balls allotted to a player for a shot to be legitimate. A player who pockets the eight ball before the other seven automatically loses.
Idiom:
behind the eight ball Slang
In an unfavorable or uncomfortable position.

behind the eight ball

In an unfavorable or uncomfortable position; from the ball in the game of pool that is numbered eight.
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Muldoon added: "Munster had a week off last weekend, we're a bit behind the eight ball.
In reply, Kirkheaton were behind the eight ball from the off as Hallas and Dobson got to work, and only one of the home side's top five - Joe Fox with 17 - got into double figures.
behind the eight ball Andy Murray is left dejected as he crashes to an eighth consecutive defeat to Djokovic
We've put ourselves behind the eight ball, but the character in the dressing room suggests that we're not out of it yet and we're starting to believe that upstairs.
We have put ourselves behind the eight ball but the character in the dressing room suggests we are not out of it and we are starting to believe that upstairs.
However, O'Neill would much rather not be in such positions and is anxious for his troops to cut out the errors which are putting them behind the eight ball.
More importantly, no shopper will find out too late--after the dotted-lines have been signed and the keys are in hand--that a vehicle has placed them behind the eight ball before it's ever left the lot.
Six balls later Hamid Hassan sent the other Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque, as the home team were placed firmly behind the eight ball from the beginning.
We're] definitely behind the eight ball," he admitted.
We were behind the eight ball for quite a lot of this game, but we fought hard today and had a little bit of luck with the weather.
We were probably behind the eight ball after six overs but came back very well," Bailey said.
Given that they're so far behind the eight ball compared to other health and social services already, you'd think that if anything was going to be cut, they'd be right at the bottom of the list," he said.