verb (used with object)
Words nearby blackball
OTHER WORDS FROM blackballblack·ball·er, noun
Examples from the Web for blackball
Citi, however, is setting the standard, as epitomized by its Mike Mayo blackball.
Do not they abuse you behind your back, and blackball you at societies where they have had the honour to propose you?Tancred|Benjamin Disraeli
If a ballot should be demanded the members will all vote, and one blackball will exclude.
Ive as much right to put a fellow up or blackball him in the Dealonian as Tony has.Deering of Deal|Latta Griswold
British Dictionary definitions for blackball
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Culture definitions for blackball
A rejection of an applicant's membership in a private organization, such as a club or fraternity. The term is derived from the traditional practice of members voting anonymously on admitting new members, using either a white marble (acceptance) or a black marble (denial). Acceptance must be unanimous; therefore, one black marble in the ballot box is enough to keep the applicant out of the organization.