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black·ball  (blăk′bôl′)
1. A negative vote, especially one that blocks the admission of an applicant to an organization.
2. A small black ball used as a negative ballot.
tr.v. black·balled, black·ball·ing, black·balls
1. To vote against, especially to veto the admission of.
2. To shut out from social or commercial participation; ostracize or boycott.

black′ball′er n.
Synonyms: blackball, blacklist, boycott, ostracize
These verbs mean to exclude from social, professional, or commercial activities: blackballed by the fraternity; blacklisted because of her political beliefs; a threat to boycott the product; ostracized following the harassment charges.
Antonym: admit

blackball (ˈblækˌbɔːl)
1. a negative vote or veto
2. a black wooden ball used to indicate disapproval or to veto in a vote
3. (Cookery) NZ a hard boiled sweet with black-and-white stripes
vb (tr)
4. to vote against in a ballot
5. to exclude (someone) from a group, profession, etc; ostracize
[C18: see sense 2]

black•ball (ˈblækˌbɔl)
1. to vote against.
2. to exclude socially; ostracize.
3. a negative vote.
4. (formerly) a black ball placed in a ballot box signifying a negative vote.
black′ball`er, n.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.blackball - the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
expulsion, riddance, ejection, exclusion - the act of forcing out someone or something; "the ejection of troublemakers by the police"; "the child's expulsion from school"
Verb1.blackball - expel from a community or groupblackball - expel from a community or group      
expel, kick out, throw out - force to leave or move out; "He was expelled from his native country"
2.blackball - vote againstblackball - vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill"
controvert, contradict, oppose - be resistant to; "The board opposed his motion"
vote down, vote out, defeat, kill, shoot down - thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"

verb remove, bar, ban, exclude, get rid of, veto, embargo, expel, throw out, oust, snub, vote against, force out, evict, disallow, shut out, repudiate, blacklist, ostracize, debar, drum out Members can blackball candidates in secret ballots.
blackball [ˈblækbɔːl]
A. VT (= vote against) → dar bola negra a, votar en contra de; (= exclude) → dejar fuera
B. N (= ball) → bola f negra; (= vote) → voto m en contra
blackball [ˈblækˌbɔːl] vt to blackball sbvotare a sfavore di qn

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In the course of a week, young Blackball had constituted little Rawdon his fag, shoe-black, and breakfast toaster; initiated him into the mysteries of the Latin Grammar; and thrashed him three or four times, but not severely.
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