verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of snowball
Related Words for snowballingproliferate, widen, escalate, heighten, swell, multiply, intensify, thicken, strengthen, broaden, upsurge, lengthen, reinforce, supplement, redouble, triple, protract, further, sharpen, distend
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That was snowballing a cripple, and he was really most woebegone about it.The Making of Bobby Burnit
George Randolph Chester
Children were out with sleds, and snowballing parties were in the field.A Little Girl in Old Boston
Amanda Millie Douglas
Others as quickly followed—it was not snowing, it was snowballing.Tales of Trail and Town
But George Strong came out, and took a snowballing in good part.
Poor Peleg Snuggers came in for his full share of the snowballing.
"to make snowballs," 1680s, from snowball (n.); sense of "to throw snowballs at" (someone) is from 1850. Meaning "to increase rapidly" is attested from 1929, though the image of a snowball increasing in size as it rolls along had been used since at least 1613, and a noun sense of "a pyramid scheme" is attested from 1892. Related: Snowballed; snowballing.