eight ball, the

eight ball, the
`eight ,ball, the noun AMERICAN
behind the eight ball INFORMAL
in a difficult situation in which people are blaming you or expecting you to take action:
The company was behind the eight ball due to a recent drop in sales.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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