behind the eight ball
at a disadvantage
baffled - North American
The black ball is numbered eight in a variety of the game of pool known as eight-ball pool.
RELATED IDIOMS :
one over the eight
slightly drunk – British informal
The idea behind this idiom is that a drinker can reasonably be expected to consume eight glasses of beer without becoming drunk. The expression was originally armed forces slang from the early 20th century.
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