behind the eight ball phr.
(orig. US) in trouble, in a difficult situation.
|Confessions of a Gunman 243: Crime does not pay because the best you wind up is behind the eight ball.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 201: She [...] winds up back of the fifteen ball.‘Broadway Financier’ in|
|[||‘On Broadway’ 4 Aug. [synd. col.] The 8-ball look in the eyes of the men seeking jobs along Sixth Avenue in the latter 40s].|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Behind the 8 Ball: Broke.|
|Speed Detective Feb. [Internet] First you festoon me with bruises and then you put me behind the eight ball by slamming a cop senseless.‘Homicide Surprise’ in|
|Popular Detective Mar. [Internet] Well, here we are [...] Right behind the ball numbered eight.‘Frozen Stiff’ in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 246: up against the eight ball In a bad predicament.|
|Little Men, Big World 72: Here he puts me behind the eightball with you, with the Mover—with everybody.|
|Harlem, USA (1971) 343: And where am I? As usual, behind the eight-ball.‘Dear Doctor Butts’ in Clarke|
|San Diego Sailor 76: I’d certainly jockedyed myself into a sweet position behind the eightball.|
|Sucked In 39: I’m a bit behind the eight-ball on the twilight of the Municipals.|