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Meaning of “snowball” in the English Dictionary

"snowball" in British English

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snowballnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsnəʊ.bɔːl/  us   /ˈsnoʊ.bɑːl/
a ​ball of ​snowpressed together in the ​hands, ​especially for ​throwing

snowballverb [I]

uk   /ˈsnəʊ.bɔːl/  us   /ˈsnoʊ.bɑːl/
(Definition of snowball from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"snowball" in American English

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snowballnoun [C]

 us   /ˈsnoʊˌbɔl/
  • snowball noun [C] (BALL OF SNOW)

snowpressed into a ​ball

snowballverb [I]

 us   /ˈsnoʊˌbɔl/
  • snowball verb [I] (INCREASE QUICKLY)

to ​growquickly in ​size or ​importance: Public ​support for ​militaryaction has snowballed.
(Definition of snowball from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"snowball" in Business English

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snowballverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈsnəʊbɔːl/
to quickly ​grow bigger or more important: The problems were apparent in April, and the ​situation seems to have snowballed from there. When the ​market began to ​tumble, it caused her ​losses to snowball. What began in the US as the 'dress-down Friday' ​trend has snowballed.
(Definition of snowball from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “snowball”
in Arabic كُرة الثَّلْج…
in Korean 눈덩이, 눈뭉치…
in Portuguese bola de neve…
in Catalan bola de neu…
in Japanese 雪のつぶて, 雪の玉…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雪球…
in Turkish kartopu…
in Russian снежок…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雪球…
in Italian palla di neve…
in Polish śnieżka…
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