Getting into trouble or difficult situation due to bad luck, a situation through which, one might not get out easily


  • This idiom was derived from the game of billiards. In a certain game, you hit the balls according to the numbers and put them in pockets. The eighth ball is pocketed in the end. But when, you are hitting a certain ball and it is close to number 8, you will get in difficulty. It would require a trick to put the other ballad and save 8th from going in.

He was caught having a nap at his working place and his boss saw him now he is behind the eight ball.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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behind the eight ballAt a disadvantage.
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