Definition of snowball in English:
1A ball of packed snow, especially one made for throwing at other people for fun.
- Sighing, she slide down the tree she had been leaning against and packed a snowball, idly throwing it into the stream in front of her.
- Denny managed to pack a snowball together and threw it at my chest.
- Another winter evening, many many years ago, Beth had found herself pummeled by snowballs thrown by a pack of mean kids after school.
1.1A thing that grows rapidly in intensity or importance: a public-debt snowball [as modifier]: the closures are expected to have a snowball effect, impacting jobs and tax revenues
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- It now appears that the snowball has already grown in size and discrimination.
- They increase the size of their snowballs by working with connected communities - blogging intelligently, nurturing online dialogue, collaborating intelligently.
- I've sat across the table from editors and producers when the snowball has grown so large it has to be thrown; so much has gone into the story that nothing is going to stop it from airing.
2A dessert resembling a ball of snow, especially one containing or covered in ice cream.
- The three-packs of snowballs and caramel teacakes are being sold through petrol station forecourts and other outlets.
- It reminds me of a Hostess snowball only better - more alluring.
- Tunnock's has been making its snowballs, caramel wafers and teacakes for 50 years.
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2 [no object] Increase rapidly in size, intensity, or importance: the campaign was snowballing
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- Things will get better and bands will become motivated and eventually it will snowball into something of importance.
- But its global economic importance has been snowballing since China's Communist rulers decreed an experiment in capitalist economics there in 1980.
- I nodded absently, still humming the song as I thought about the dilemma that was rather rapidly snowballing.
a snowball's chance (in hell)
- informal No chance at all: the plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of being acceptedMore example sentences
- And the chances of the budget being balanced is a snowball's chance in Hell.
- I can't remember another archaeological survey where the competition has been so fierce, and if I thought that they had a snowball's chance in hell of finding anything out there, I'd be worried.
- But the truth is he hasn't a snowball's chance in hell of being elected.
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