Definition of “mothball” - English Dictionary

“mothball” in British English

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(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/

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“mothball” in Business English

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mothballverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmɒθbɔːl/ us

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.
noun [ U ]

The local community were told about the mothballing of the power plant.

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