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)
- Behind hand
late; tardy. behind in progress; backward: They were never behindhand in following artistic fads. in debt or arrears. Historical Examples Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson The story of Burnt Njal Anonymous Funny Big Socks Sarah L. Barrow Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China Evariste Regis Huc A Lecture […]
- Behind in
Also, behind on. Late with; not progressing quickly enough with. For example, The builders are behind on this project, or I can’t take time out or I’ll be too far behind in my work. The same idea is also expressed as behind time, where time means a schedule or appointed time, as in The bus […]
- Behind one’s back
the rear part of the human body, extending from the neck to the lower end of the spine. the part of the body of animals corresponding to the human back. the rear portion of any part of the body: the back of the head. the whole body, with reference to clothing: the clothes on his […]
the place where some action or event occurs: He returned to the scene of the murder. any view or picture. an incident or situation in real life. an embarrassing outbreak or display of anger, strong feeling, or bad manners: Please don’t make a scene in such a public place. a division of a play or […]