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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.
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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
4. to vote against in a ballot
5. to exclude (someone) from a group, profession, etc; ostracize
[C18: see sense 2]
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1. to vote against.
2. to exclude socially; ostracize.n.
3. a negative vote.
4. (formerly) a black ball placed in a ballot box signifying a negative vote.
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Past participle: blackballed
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|Noun||1.||blackball - the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto|
|Verb||1.||blackball - expel from a community or group|
|2.||blackball - vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent; "The President vetoed the bill"|
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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.
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1. To prevent or forbid authoritatively:
Idiom: turn thumbs down on.
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