Definitions for: Blackball

[n] the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
[v] vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
[v] expel from a community or group

Webster (1913) Definition: Black"ball`, n.
1. A composition for blacking shoes, boots, etc.; also, one
for taking impressions of engraved work.

2. A ball of black color, esp. one used as a negative in
voting; -- in this sense usually two words.

Black"ball`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blackballed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Blackballing.]
1. To vote against, by putting a black ball into a ballot
box; to reject or exclude, as by voting against with black
balls; to ostracize.

He was blackballed at two clubs in succession.

2. To blacken (leather, shoes, etc.) with blacking.

Synonyms: ban, banish, barring, cast out, negative, ostracise, ostracize, shun, veto

See Also: contradict, controvert, defeat, ejection, exclusion, expel, expulsion, kick out, kill, oppose, riddance, throw out, vote, vote down, vote out

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