What does behind the eight ball mean

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Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines #2) by M.A. Church

Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.
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Behind the 8-Ball

Thought to derive from the game of Kelly pool, in which players assigned balls numerically higher than 8—that is, balls that are behind the 8 ball in order —have little possibility of winning, or more generally, from the fact that the 8 ball is considered harder to aim out because of its color. Some sources have pointed to its origin as the game of eight ball, but eight ball was popularized after the expression was already in use by at least , and at the time of popularization, called then B. Pool , was marketed with a ball set that did not not include an actual 8-ball , but rather seven balls of one color, seven of another, and an unnumbered black ball.
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The meaning and origin of the expression: Behind the eight ball

An "eight ball" is one of the numbered balls used in the game of pool, and the last one supposed to be hit into a pocket. If the eight ball is accidentally hit into a pocket prematurely, the player will lose, and it therefore needs to be avoided. If we don't leave early tomorrow, we'll be behind the eight ball, and I doubt we'll reach the cabin by dusk. Because I got the flu, I'm behind the eight ball with my Christmas shopping. See also: ball , behind , eight. Alludes to the eight ball in pool, which in certain games cannot be touched without penalty.

Top definition. In a bad situation, in a losing position. The phrase comes from pool or billiards. When the cue white ball is behind the eight black ball, a player usually has no shot. I'm really behind the eight ball at work. I have too much work to do but we can't afford to hire anyone to help out.

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Behind the eight ball'? the the use of an eight ball in the game we now call Eight Ball pool would rule that out as the origin .
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An "eight ball" is one of the numbered balls used in the game of pool, and the last one supposed to be hit into a pocket. If the eight ball is accidentally hit into a pocket prematurely, the player will lose, and it therefore needs to be avoided. If we don't leave early tomorrow, we'll be behind the eight ball, and I doubt we'll reach the cabin by dusk. Because I got the flu, I'm behind the eight ball with my Christmas shopping. See also: ball , behind , eight. Alludes to the eight ball in pool, which in certain games cannot be touched without penalty. I'm behind the eight ball again and can't see how to relieve my dilemma.

There is dispute about the origin of this phrase. Some say that it derives from the Eight Ball version of the game of pool. The balls are numbered and must be potted in order. A turn is forfeited if a player's cue ball hits the black eight ball first and the game is forfeited if the eight ball is potted by mistake. A 'behind the eight ball' position leaves a player in a difficult position. There is little agreement about when the game began to be played with eight balls, or when it was first called Eight Ball.

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