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The word is recorded from Old English (in form ehta, eahta) and is of Germanic origin; it comes from an Indo-European root shared by Latin octo and Greek oktō.

The Eight is the name given to a group of American realist painters who exhibited together in 1908, united by a concern to involve painting with the realities of contemporary, especially urban, life.

behind the eight ball (chiefly in North American usage) at a disadvantage; in a variety of the game of pool, the black ball is numbered eight.

have one over the eight have one drink too many, probably from the assumption that the average person can drink eight pints of beer without getting drunk.

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