[ mawth-bawl, moth- ]
/ ˈmɔθˌbɔl, ˈmɒθ- /
verb (used with object)
to put into storage or reserve; inactivate.
inactive; unused; stored away: a mothball fleet.
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Idioms for mothball
- in disuse or in storage, especially with reference to standby equipment.
- (of ideas) dismissed as unworthy of further deliberation.
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British Dictionary definitions for in mothballs
/ (ˈmɒθˌbɔːl) /
Also called: camphor ball a small ball of camphor or naphthalene used to repel clothes moths in stored clothing, blankets, etc
put in mothballs to postpone work on (a project, activity, etc)
to prepare (a ship, aircraft, etc) for a long period of storage by sealing all openings with plastic to prevent corrosion
to take (a factory, plant, etc) out of operation but maintain it so that it can be used in the future
to postpone work on (a project, activity, etc)
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