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blackball (BLAK-bawl) verb tr.
1. To vote against, especially to prevent someone from joining a club or a group.
2. To ostracize or boycott.
A negative vote.
[From black + ball. From the former practice of depositing a white ball or a black ball as a ballot to vote for or against a candidate.]
"But Mohammad Reza Khatami - who was deputy parliament speaker and among
more than 2,400 candidates blackballed from Friday's elections - warned
against public demonstrations to demand change, saying Iranians have no
appetite for another revolution."
"(Fernando) Ricksen's ban kicks in immediately, blackballing him from
Rangers' next two matches against Dundee and Dunfermline."
This week's theme: words related to elections.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you. -Pericles, statesman (430 BCE)