Behind the eight ball

Definition

Behind the eight ball is an idiom that refers to being at a disadvantage or in a difficult situation.

Examples

If I don’t get this job, I’ll really be behind the eight ball financially.

With the deadline looming, we’ll be behind the eight ball if we don’t get this project finished in time.

I was already behind the eight ball when I started the project late.

Origin

The idiom is believed to have originated in the early 1900s in the United States, and is still in use today.

FAQs

What does it mean when someone is ‘behind the eight ball’?

It means that someone is in a difficult situation or at a disadvantage.

Where does the phrase come from?

It is believed to have originated in the early 1900s in the United States, and is derived from the game of pool, where the eight ball is the most difficult ball to hit and pocket.