Blackball Black"ball`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blackballed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blackballing}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

He was blackballed at two clubs in succession. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

2. To blacken (leather, shoes, etc.) with blacking. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(by black balls), (by a negative vote)

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