to vote against (a candidate, applicant, etc.).
to exclude socially; ostracize:
The whole town blackballed them.
to reject (a candidate) by placing a blackball in the ballot box.
a negative vote, especially in deciding on an applicant or candidate.
a black ball placed in a ballot box signifying a negative vote.
Contemporary Examples

Was Juan Williams Fired Unfairly? Howard Kurtz October 20, 2010
Should the Clippers Just Quit? Lessons From 1965’s Football Strike Against Jim Crow Evan Weiner April 28, 2014

Historical Examples

The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
Colorado Jim George Goodchild
Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man Marie Conway Oemler
Tell England Ernest Raymond
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great – Volume 14 Elbert Hubbard
Moni the Goat Boy and Other Stories Johanna Spyri
The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
Social Life Maud C. Cooke

a negative vote or veto
a black wooden ball used to indicate disapproval or to veto in a vote
(NZ) a hard boiled sweet with black-and-white stripes
verb (transitive)
to vote against in a ballot
to exclude (someone) from a group, profession, etc; ostracize

Note: The term is now applied generally to efforts — especially unreasonable or vengeful actions — to keep a people or groups out of organizations they wish to join.


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