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ghosting

[ goh-sting ]
/ ˈgoʊ stɪŋ /
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noun

the appearance of multiple copies or blurred representations of an object on a screen or in an image.
Informal.
  1. the practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship:He was a victim of ghosting.
  2. Also called French goodbye, Irish goodbye . the act of leaving a social event or engagement suddenly without saying goodbye:Ghosting might be the best option if we want to get home before midnight.
Digital Technology. the removal of comments, threads, or other content from a website or online forum without informing the poster, keeping them hidden from the public but still visible to the poster.

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Origin of ghosting

First recorded in 1955–60; ghost + -ing1
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Example sentences from the Web for ghosting

  • Unlike most government officials, he wrote well, even when ghosting.

    An American in Full|Jonathan Alter|December 14, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • There was no second thought in her mind when she first declined the ghosting, and afterwards undertook the part.

    Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
  • I couldn't be crazy about a melodious breath of air ghosting around the back yard.

    Sunny Slopes|Ethel Hueston
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