Blackball

Definition of Blackball

Black´ball`
n.1.A composition for blacking shoes, boots, etc.; also, one for taking impressions of engraved work.
2.A ball of black color, esp. one used as a negative in voting; - in this sense usually two words.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Blackballed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Blackballing.]
He was blackballed at two clubs in succession.
- Thackeray.
2.To blacken (leather, shoes, etc.) with blacking.

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