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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So we're a little behind the eight ball in terms of that.
We were a little behind the eight ball when we played them the first time," Bell told reporters.
In our last two outings we've given away soft tries and put ourselves behind the eight ball, so the focus at Northampton was staying in the game and giving ourselves a chance.
The last couple I have played okay on Thursdays and not scored very well and then you're behind the eight ball.
Obviously we're behind the eight ball but if we put a couple of partnerships together and make them work like they did to us today then we can get ourselves back in the game.
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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.