Definition of snowball noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsnəʊbɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnoʊbɔːl//
    Snow and ice
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  1. 1[countable] a ball that you make out of snow to throw at somebody/something in a game a snowball fight Children were throwing snowballs at the passing traffic. See related entries: Snow and ice
  2. 2[singular] (often used as an adjective) a situation that develops more and more quickly as it continues All this publicity has had a snowball effect on the sales of their latest album.
  3. 3 [countable] a drink that is a mixture of lemonade and a liqueur (= a strong sweet alcoholic drink) made with eggs
  4. Idioms
    not have a snowball’s chance in hell
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    (informal) to have no chance at all
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