What does blackball mean?

blackball meaning in General Dictionary

To vote against by putting a black ball into a ballot field to reject or exclude as by voting against with black colored balls to ostracize

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  • a composition for blacking shoes boots etc additionally one when planning on taking impressions of engraved work
  • expel from a residential area or group
  • vote against; refuse to promote; will not assent
  • the act of excluding some one by an adverse vote or veto
  • A composition for blacking shoes, shoes, etc.; in addition, one to take impressions of imprinted work.
  • A ball of black color, esp. one made use of as a poor in voting; -- within sense typically two words.
  • To vote against, by placing a black baseball into a ballot-box; to decline or exclude, as by voting against with black colored balls; to ostracize.
  • To blacken (fabric, shoes, etc.) with blacking.

blackball meaning in Etymology Dictionary

in addition black-ball, "to exclude from a club by adverse votes," 1770, from black colored (adj.) + basketball (n.1). Ebony balls of wood or ivory dropped into an urn during key ballots.


blackball meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A composition for blacking footwear, shoes, etc.; additionally, one when planning on taking impressions of engraved work.

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  • (n.) A ball of black color, esp. one used as an adverse in voting; -- within good sense typically two terms.
  • (v. t.) To vote against, by placing a black ball into a ballot field; to decline or exclude, as by voting against with black colored balls; to ostracize.
  • (v. t.) To blacken (leather, shoes, etc.) with blacking.