verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM blackballblackballer, noun
How to use blackball in a sentence
Haynes did say he thought all the players were “kind of marked,” but none of them were blackballed.Should the Clippers Just Quit? Lessons From 1965’s Football Strike Against Jim Crow|Evan Weiner|April 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Doubtless, some enemy he had made along the way blackballed him.
Gallery: Blackballed Politicians, Celebrities, and Journalists Fox will undoubtedly go haywire over the dismissal.
He was actually blackballed by the Bush White House in 2006 for writing a caustic Washington Post op-ed.
The Grill enjoys the distinction of having blackballed, without political prejudice, a Prime Minister of each party.In the Fog|Richard Harding Davis
"Just like Beecham being blackballed at the club," said the doctor, with a sarcastic bitterness all his own.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)|Charles James Lever
I have voted whenever I knew anything about the person in question, and I have never blackballed but once.Smith College Stories|Josephine Dodge Daskam
The three who had been blackballed sat sulking on the ground with their backs toward him.Moni the Goat Boy and Other Stories|Johanna Spyri
It was in vain to muse upon any plan for having Ball blackballed, or for rebelling against Bell.
British Dictionary definitions for blackball
Word Origin for blackball
Cultural 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.