eight-ball

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eight-ball (plural eight-balls)

  1. A pocket billiards (pool) game played with sixteen balls (a cue ball and fifteen object balls) on a pool table with six pockets.
  2. The billards ball, almost always black, bearing the number eight.
  3. (slang) A portion of cocaine or methamphetamine weighing 1/8 of an ounce, or 3.5 grams.
    • 2003, House of Sand and Fog, 00:43:39:
      (a policeman confiding to a friend) ".. She had welts and bruises all over. So, one night we get called out there again, and I slip down their hallway and stuff two eight balls in his closet. Turns out he was on parole. He goes back to jail, she's safe, and I slept like a baby."

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eight-ball (third-person singular simple present eight-balls, present participle eight-balling, simple past and past participle eight-balled)

  1. (pool) To pot all one's colour balls and then the black ball (or eight-ball) without the opponent potting a single one.
    • 2008, Edward Keating , The Joy of Ex: A Novel
      She whips me in the first game of pool, I do not even get a shot. Eight-balled from the break.
      “Have you been practising?” I ask my sister.
      “Some,” she says, “play again?”
      “One more.”
      My sister beats me at pool in public a second time. I claim some dignity back by potting two of my balls before Tammy sinks the black.

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