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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  He  was  blackballed  at  two  clubs  in  succession. 
  --Thackeray. 
 
  2.  To  blacken  (leather,  shoes,  etc.)  with  blacking. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blackball 
  n  :  the  act  of  excluding  someone  by  a  negative  vote  or  veto 
  [syn:  {barring}] 
  v  1:  expel  from  a  community  or  group  [syn:  {banish},  {ban},  {ostracize}, 
  {shun},  {cast  out}] 
  2:  vote  against;  refuse  to  endorse;  refuse  to  assent  [syn:  {veto}, 
  {negative}] 




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