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Black Ball Someone : Phrases



Meaning:

A person who is not acceptable, usually as a member of a group or club.


Example:

If you do not pay commission to the director of the committee, he will
black ball you.


Origin:

The expression is derived from 18th century clubs. New applications for membership were examined by the ruling committee - secret votes were then cast by putting balls into a container. Red balls meant acceptance and black ones rejection. It only needed one black ball for the application to fail.


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