Definition of snowball in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsnəʊbɔːl/


1A ball of packed snow, especially one made for throwing at other people for fun: they pelted him with snowballs
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  • 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 size, intensity, or importance: a public-debt snowball that could grow to American proportions [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 cocktail containing advocaat and lemonade.
3A dessert resembling a ball of snow, especially one containing or covered in ice cream.
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  • 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.


1 [with object] Throw snowballs at: I made sure the other kids stopped snowballing Celia
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  • They were in a Missouri town and Louis, on the way to the theatre with his female companion, was snowballed by some hoodlums.
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 scheme has a snowball’s chance in hell of being accepted
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with snowball

lowball, no-ball

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Line breaks: snow|ball

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