blackball definition

  • noun:
    • A negative vote, specifically one that blocks the admission of a job candidate to an organization.
    • A small black-ball utilized as a poor ballot.
    • a rejection, a vote against admitting some one
    • a black baseball used to indicate such a poor vote
    • the work of therefore rejecting some body
    • A kind of big black colored sweet; niggerball
    • A composition for blacking shoes, shoes, etc.; additionally, one to take impressions of imprinted work.
    • A ball of black colored shade, esp. one used as a bad in voting; -- inside feeling typically two words.
    • A blacking structure utilized by shoemakers, etc. Also referred to as heel-ball.
    • A name applied to both the smut therefore the bunt of grain.
    • An adverse vote. See blackball, v. t.
    • Same as black ash.
    • the work of excluding some body by a bad vote or veto
  • verb-transitive:
    • To vote against, particularly to veto the entry of.
    • To shut-out from personal or commercial participation; ostracize or boycott.
    • To vote against, by placing a black basketball into a ballot package; to reject or exclude, as by voting against with black balls; to ostracize.
    • To blacken (leather-based, shoes, etc.) with blacking.
  • verb:
    • to vote against, particularly in a special organization
    • to ostracize
    • expel from a residential district or team
    • vote against; refuse to endorse; won't assent
  • others:
    • To decline (as an applicant for election to account or office in just about any club, society, etc.) by placing black balls in ballot-box; exclude or beat by unpleasant vote; also, only to vote against. See ballot, n., 3.

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