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Meaning of “mothball” in the English Dictionary

"mothball" in British English

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mothballnoun

uk   /ˈmɒθ.bɔːl/  us   /ˈmɑːθ.bɑːl/

mothballverb [T]

uk   /ˈmɒθ.bɔːl/  us   /ˈmɑːθ.bɑːl/
to ​stopwork 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 ​coalmines were mothballed in the ​hope that they could be ​reopened in a ​time of ​bettereconomicconditions.
(Definition of mothball from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mothball" in American English

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mothballnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɔθˌbɔl/
a ​smallballcontainingchemicals with a ​strongsmell, used esp. to ​protectwoolclothing from ​moths
(Definition of mothball from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mothball" in Business English

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mothballverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmɒθbɔːl/
to ​stop using a ​factory, ​building, etc., but ​leave it in a ​condition that ​allows you to use it again in the future: The ​factory was mothballed two ​years ago.
mothballing
noun [U]
The ​localcommunity were told about the mothballing of the ​powerplant.
(Definition of mothball from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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