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mothball

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moth +‎ ball

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mothball (plural mothballs)

  1. a small ball of chemical pesticide and deodorant placed in or around clothing and other articles susceptible to damage from mold or moth larvae in order to protect them from this damage; mothballs have either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene as their active ingredient.

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mothball (third-person singular simple present mothballs, present participle mothballing, simple past and past participle mothballed)

  1. (transitive) to store or shelve (something that is no longer used)
    They mothballed the old version after the new one came out.
  2. (transitive) This term needs a definition. Please help out and add a definition, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • 2014, A teacher, "Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian, 23 September 2014:
      Some schools might have an art studio, an area of forestry in the playground, or a performance stage in the hall – all exceptional assets. Just check they get plenty of use and aren't mothballed while the school concentrates on (you guessed it) maths and literacy.

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