Blackball & to Blackball & Blackballing

Pronunciation

  • enPR: blăk’bôl’
  • IPA: /blæk’bɔːl/

Noun

Singular
blackball
Plural
blackballs

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. the act of so rejecting someone

Verb

Infinitive
to blackball
Third person singular
blackballs
Simple past
blackballed
Past participle
blackballed
Present participle
blackballing

to blackball (third-person singular simple present blackballs, present participle blackballing, simple 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

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