Eightball



Pool.

a black ball bearing the number eight.
a game in which one player or side must pocket all of either the solid-color balls or the striped ones before being permitted to attempt the pocketing of the eightball, which wins.

Slang. an inept person.
behind the eightball, Informal. in a difficult, disadvantageous, or uncomfortable situation:
He hasn’t studied all term, and now he’s behind the eightball.

A black person (1919+)
A chronically unfortunate and ineffective person; loser, sad sack (1940s+)
square (1950s+ Jive talk)

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