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blackball

To actively keep someone from doing or participating in something, often by voting against their inclusion or involvement. For his horrible treatment of women, he definitely deserves to be blackballed by the entertainment industry.

blackball (one)

To actively keep one from doing or participating in something, often by voting against their inclusion or involvement. He was blackballed by the entertainment industry for his horrible treatment of women.
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blackball

tv. to vote against someone in a secret ballot. Someone blackballed the prospective member.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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