Said of a ball, to come to rest partially over the edge of a pocket 's fall but still resting on the table bed . Because of ball curvature, if the very bottom of the ball is not over the sharp rim or beveled slope (depending on table type) of the pocket 's fall , the ball will not drop into the pocket . As much as approximately 49% of a ball's diameter can be hanging over the sharp drop of a standard snooker table fall , but considerably less on a typical pool table, with beveled falls. A ball hanging in the pocket a "hanger" is nearly unmissable (though fouling by scratching the cue ball into the pocket right after the object ball is a common mistake. Can be used in a transitive sense in reference to player action : "You hung that one right on the edge".