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Pronunciation: (āt'bôl"), [key]
1. Pool.
a. a black ball bearing the number eight.
b. 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.
2. Slang.an inept person.
3. behind the eightball, Informal.in a difficult, disadvantageous, or uncomfortable situation: He hasn't studied all term, and now he's behind the eightball.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.



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