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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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014



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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