Translation of "mothball" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈmɒθ.bɔːl/ us /ˈmɑːθ.bɑːl/

a small, white ball containing a chemical with a strong smell that keeps moths away from clothes


mothballverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmɒθ.bɔːl/ us /ˈmɑːθ.bɑːl/

to stop work on an idea, plan, or job, but leaving it in such a way that you can start on it again at some point in the future

Six coal mines were mothballed in the hope that they could be reopened in a time of better economic conditions. 6个煤矿暂被封存,希望在经济形势转好的时候可以重开。

(Translation of “mothball” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)