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Blackball   /blˈækbˌɔl/   Listen
Blackball

verb
(past & past part. blackballed; pres. part. blackballing)
1.
Expel from a community or group.  Synonyms: ban, banish, cast out, ostracise, ostracize, shun.
2.
Vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent.  Synonyms: negative, veto.






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"Blackball" Quotes from Famous Books



... entirely neglected. I attended no school at this time, either summer or winter, and came as near acquiring a trade as I have ever done. In fact I longed to be able to make the whole of a boot, to last, peg, trim, gum, blackball and stone it, all processes of the craft as then practised. But how does one know when he is learning? I was laying up a good store of things more valuable than any in books, whilst the free life I led was preparing in me the soft and impressionable tablets on which could be traced future experiences ...
— Confessions of Boyhood • John Albee



Words linked to "Blackball" :   oppose, ostracize, vote down, expulsion, exclusion, defeat, negative, ostracise, shoot down, expel, vote out, kill, controvert, throw out, ejection, vote, contradict, kick out, riddance



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