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1[count noun] The black ball, numbered eight, in the game of eight ball.
- ‘The eight ball fell into the pocket, followed a second later by the cue ball.’
- ‘The cue ball causes the eight ball to roll into a pocket.’
- ‘I've reversed banked many an eight ball to give my opponent a ‘hopeless’ feeling.’
- ‘The cue stick slipped between his fingers, the tip of it barely scratching the eight ball.’
- ‘‘Thanks,’ Mitchell said simply, then failed at shooting the black eight ball into the corner pocket.’
- ‘Sure enough, everything not in a pocket was striped except for the black eight ball, which Violet was aiming at with a look of concentration on her face.’
- ‘He swallowed everything from live fish to an eight ball, and they all came back up.’
- 1.1[mass noun]A variety of the game of pool.
- ‘But winning at eight ball during lunch hour isn't his only passion.’
- ‘They finished a game of eight ball and began another.’
- ‘He took up snooker and eight ball pool, becoming good at both.’
- ‘Often times, we hold back in the game of eight ball because we think we will end up with no finishing shot and our opponent will have a clear change to win the game.’
- ‘In the game of eight ball you will be exposed to many pitfalls.’
2informal A portion of an illegal drug weighing an eighth of an ounce (3.54 g).
- ‘They are accused of selling an eight ball of coke to another cop.’
- ‘We had done shrooms, and other psychadelics, but we decided that between four of us we would buy an eight-ball and snort some lines.’
- ‘At the end we were doing an eight ball of heroin and an eight ball of coke a day.’
- ‘The lab did not check to see how much of the eight ball was meth and how much was cutting agent.’
- ‘We're talking people who need a abacus to work out how many grams are in an eight ball.’
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