blackball
Pronunciation
  • enPR: blăk'bôl', IPA: /ˈblækbɔːl/
Noun

blackball (plural blackballs)

  1. A rejection; a vote against admitting someone.
  2. A black ball used to indicate such a negative vote.
    Regardless how many other people may have voted to approve a candidate for membership, a single blackball will reject the candidate.
  3. A kind of large black sweet; a niggerball.
  4. A substance for blacking shoes, boots, etc. or for taking impressions of engraved work.
Verb

blackball (blackballs, present participle blackballing; past and past participle blackballed)

  1. (transitive) To vote against, especially in an exclusive organization.
    If you're not from a moneyed, well-connected family, you can count on getting blackballed from the fraternity.
  2. (transitive) To ostracize.
Synonyms


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