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blacklist

1. noun A list of names of people, groups, or organizations who are to be banned, censured, or are under suspicion, as in politics, law enforcement, business, labor unions, etc. The country's government maintains a blacklist of people it deems dangerous. The company circulates a blacklist every year among its employees so they know not to offer jobs or information to people whose views run contrary to its values.
2. verb To put someone on a blacklist, that is, a list of names of people, groups, or organizations who are to be banned, censured, or are under suspicion. The influential writer was blacklisted early in her career for denouncing certain policies of the federal government. If you keep getting into fights there, the bar will eventually blacklist you.

black list

A list of persons or things considered undesirable or deserving punishment, as in Japanese beetles are on my black list of garden pests. The practice of making such lists is quite old. Notorious examples include the late 19th-century black lists of union members whom employers would not hire and the black lists of persons suspected of being Communists as a result of the hearings held by Senator Joseph R. McCarthy in the early 1950s. Today the term is also used more loosely, as in the example. [Early 1600s] Also see black book, def. 1.
See also: black, list

blacklist

1. n. a list of the names of banned people; a list of people undesirable to some group. I hear they keep a blacklist of all the people they disagree with.
2. tv. to put someone’s name on a list of undesirables. They blacklisted me for not belonging to the right organizations.
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It is important to note that the EU blacklist and grey list are not fixed and will be monitored and updated at least on an annual basis.
Subsequently, the government of India blacklisted Sikhs involved in separatist activities, citing security concerns.
Steve Murphy, Ucatt general secretary, said: "This is a massive step forward in the campaign for justice for blacklisted workers.
Cullum McAlpine, an executive at construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine, told a committee of MPs that his firm had never operated a blacklist, despite being a member of the Consulting Association, which unions said held secret files on thousands of workers.
Blacklisting, or negative filters, compares incoming addresses, subject lines and messages to a blacklist. It intercepts any offending messages and deletes or moves them into a quarantine folder.
As it plays out in the movies, the blacklist story is vintage Hollywood: black hats vs.
He added: "The Blacklist Support Group's position is again that only a full independent inquiry into this duplicity can ensure full transparency on this most serious of issues regarding collusion."
The company, along with several other building giants, are facing legal action by construction workers who want compensation for being blacklisted.
Revelations in March of a widely circulated blacklist of construction workers triggered calls for better safeguards for people's private data and firmer enforcement from the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office).
Blacklists came close to being made illegal in 1999 but the legislation was never finalised.
UP to 5000 construction workers in Scotland are feared to be on employers' blacklists because they might call for better working conditions.
On Wednesday, Liverpool council passed a motion calling on construction firms who are bidding for major contracts in the region to publicly affirm they would never again use blacklists to stop people getting work.
OUR exclusive report about the blacklists in the construction industry which we now know contained the names of 150 Merseyside building workers should shock and disgust everyone.
As expected, the Council of EU Transport Ministers on December 5 adopted the Regulation introducing an EU blacklist of airlines barred access to the Union.
* Your e-mail can be blacklisted by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Yahoo!, AOL and MSN.