mothball

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1 mothball /ˈmɑːθˌbɑːl/ noun
plural mothballs
1 mothball
/ˈmɑːθˌbɑːl/
noun
plural mothballs
Learner's definition of MOTHBALL
[count] : a small ball that contains a strong-smelling chemical and that is used to keep moths away from stored clothing
mothballs [plural] used in phrases like in/into mothballs and out of mothballs to describe something that is stored without being used for a long time
sometimes used to describe a person (such as a performer) who has not been seen for a long time
2 mothball /ˈmɑːθˌbɑːl/ verb
mothballs; mothballed; mothballing
2 mothball
/ˈmɑːθˌbɑːl/
verb
mothballs; mothballed; mothballing
Learner's definition of MOTHBALL
[+ object]
: to stop using (something) while keeping it to be possibly used in the future
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