black ball

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Stall, close ranks, make it impossible to make a break through

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  • The origin of the expression may have been derived from the black ball in the game of pool which once sunken signals the end of the game
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the police black balled all efforts to get information about a case

Submitted by ntiyisos on August 18, 2020

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