Being thought about or discussed, as in Your application is under consideration; we'll let you know next week. This idiom was first recorded in 1665.
What Is A “Ban”?The word ban gets bandied about a lot these days, from vegan brides wanting to ban meat-eaters from their weddings to plastic straws getting banned from coffee drinks. But where did it come from and what does it mean now?
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