blackball

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blackball vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent "The President vetoed the bill"
    • v blackball expel from a community or group
    • n blackball the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blackball A ball of black color, esp. one used as a negative in voting; -- in this sense usually two words.
    • Blackball A composition for blacking shoes, boots, etc.; also, one for taking impressions of engraved work.
    • Blackball To blacken (leather, shoes, etc.) with blacking.
    • Blackball 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blackball A blacking composition used by shoemakers, etc. Also called heel-ball.
    • n blackball A name applied to both the smut and the bunt of wheat.
    • n blackball An adverse vote. See blackball, v. t.
    • blackball To reject (as a candidate for election to membership or office in any club, society, etc.) by placing black balls in the ballot-box; exclude or defeat by adverse vote; also, simply to vote against. See ballot, n., 3.
    • n blackball Same as black ash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Blackball to reject in voting by putting a black ball into a ballot-box
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Idioms

Blackball - If you vote against allowing someone to be a member of an organisation or group, you are blackballing him or her.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blac, blæc, black.

Usage

In literature:

His father sagaciously tipped Blackball, his master, a sovereign, and secured that young gentleman's good-will towards his fag.
"Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The committee will blackball the best fellow that ever lived if I don't go and stop them.
"Little Novels" by Wilkie Collins
He had been blackballed at two clubs, but apparently without any defined reason.
"The Prime Minister" by Anthony Trollope
The Bengal Club accordingly blackballed Longueville.
"Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay" by George Otto Trevelyan
He feared he might be blackballed.
"The Red Lily, Complete" by Anatole France
Do not they abuse you behind your back, and blackball you at societies where they have had the honour to propose you?
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Lord Flame has been blackballed, that is certain.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
How had he, a useless old fogy, dared to blackball a man like Iver?
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
Hand them around; blackball them; sound the alarm of mad dog.
"Sparkling Gems of Race Knowledge Worth Reading" by Various
Any member transgressing any of these rules will be blackballed.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
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In poetry:

"Now, to turn to marching matters:—
I've my knapsack, firelock, spatters,
Crossbelts, priming-horn, stock, bay'net, blackball, clay,
Pouch, magazine, flints, flint-box that at every quick-step clatters;
…My heart, Dear; that must stay!"
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Get Kerry Washington's look from the Blackball .
The talented actress Kerry Washington recently attended the Blackball in New York looking absolutely stunning.
When Westport gets wild, security guards ban the unruly, but critics say the blackballing goes too far.
Chris Brown Says Retailers Are ' Blackballing ' His New Album.
Blackball poster at the Arts Horizons Leroy Neiman Art Center exhibit of.
In the days that followed, my date apologized to me and to his brothers, but the fraternity blackballed him anyway.
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