Blackball - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈblækbɔːl|  American pronunciation of the word blackball
Brit.  |ˈblakbɔːl|  British pronunciation of the word blackball


- the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto (syn: barring)


- expel from a community or group (syn: ban, banish, ostracise, ostracize, shun)
- vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent (syn: negative, veto)


...the club secretly blackballs applicants who belong to that religion...

He was blackballed from resuming professional football career.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: blackball
he/she/it: blackballs
present participle: blackballing
past tense: blackballed
past participle: blackballed
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