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Hand them around; blackball them; sound the alarm of mad dog.

How had he, a useless old fogy, dared to blackball a man like Iver?

Beaten by a blackball called Carlton—I'd hate to see him now.

Snooks does not any more think it gentlemanlike to blackball attorneys.

They let a victim go there until they get all and then they blackball him.

If a ballot should be demanded the members will all vote, and one blackball will exclude.

She sees herself on the eve of becoming the acquaintance of Captain Blackball.

The committee will blackball the best fellow that ever lived if I don't go and stop them.

So they go back to their clubs and their cards, and their billiards, and abuse their cooks and blackball their friends.

Tack Turner, one of the crowd, was the first to blackball, but after him the voting again was favorable.

WORD ORIGIN

also black-ball, "to exclude from a club by adverse votes," 1770, from black (adj.) + ball (n.1). Black balls of wood or ivory dropped into an urn during secret ballots.

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