eight ball


eight ball
n.
1. a black ball with the number eight on it
2. a form of pool in which a player who inadvertently pockets the eight ball before pocketing all of his or her balls immediately loses the game: also written 8-ball or eight-ball
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behind the eight ball
Slang in a very unfavorable position

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game
also called  stripes and solids 

      popular American pocket- billiards game in which 15 balls numbered consecutively and a white cue ball are used. Those numbered 1–7 are solid colours; 9–15 are white with a single thick stripe in varying colours; and the eight ball is black. To begin, the balls are racked in a pyramid with the eight ball in the centre. One player or a side plays numbers 1–7, while the other plays 9–15; but choice of group is not made until a ball is legally pocketed. Once a side has pocketed all of its group, that side tries to pocket the eight ball and thus win the game. Should a player pocket the eight ball before all of his group is sunk, or misplay the eight ball (as by playing it into a pocket other than the pocket designated before the shot), that player loses.

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