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blackball

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verb black·ball \ˈblak-ˌbȯl\

Definition of blackball

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to vote against; especially :  to exclude from membership by casting a negative vote

  3. 2a :  to exclude socially :  ostracizeb :  boycott

Examples of blackball in a sentence

  1. <the club secretly blackballs applicants who belong to that religion>

1550

First Known Use of blackball

1550


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blackball

noun black·ball

Definition of blackball

  1. 1 :  a small black ball for use as a negative vote in a ballot box

  2. 2 :  an adverse vote especially against admitting someone to membership in an organization

1763

First Known Use of blackball

1763


BLACKBALL Defined for English Language Learners

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blackball

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verb black·ball \ˈblak-ˌbȯl\

Definition of blackball for English Language Learners

  • : to prevent (someone) from joining a group, club, etc., by voting against him or her



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