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blackball

verb black·ball \ ˈblak-ˌbȯl \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of blackball

blackballed; blackballing; blackballs
1 : to vote against; especially : to exclude from membership by casting a negative vote
2 a : to exclude socially : ostracize
b : boycott

Examples of blackball in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of blackball

1550

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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blackball Synonyms


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blackball

noun

Definition of blackball

1 : a small black ball for use as a negative vote in a ballot box
2 : an adverse vote especially against admitting someone to membership in an organization

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First Known Use of blackball

1763

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BLACKBALL Defined for English Language Learners

blackball

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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