Idiom Magic﹕陷入困境 Behind the eight ball (1)

【明報專訊】"I've been asked to participate in a demonstration ( 示範 ) of the North American colloquial expression behind the eight ball," Albert said. "The problem is, I don't know what it means." Well, to help him out, I can tell you that when someone is behind the eight ball he or she is in serious trouble. "In that case, you might say I'm often behind the eight ball," Albert sighed.