chopping block


: a wooden block on which material (such as meat, wood, or vegetables) is cut, split, or diced
: a situation in which someone or something is threatened with elimination
government programs on the chopping block

Examples of chopping block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The late Rik Mayall's Peeves also met the chopping block. Tristan Balagtas,, 16 Nov. 2021 This meant that any moment that drew its power from interactivity went on the chopping block—even parts of the game’s memorable opening scene. Will Bedingfield, WIRED, 12 Jan. 2023 But it’s been on the White House Budget Proposal chopping block for a few years running, only to see Congress restore its funding each time. Korey Haynes, Discover Magazine, 6 May 2019 Eventually, Adriane reaches the chopping block, and despite making a last-minute plea involving her young son, her captives still declined to make the impossible choice. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2023 Creator Steve Levitan’s comedy series for Hulu, Reboot, has unfortunately hit the chopping block. Vulture, 1 Feb. 2023 Managers use a fair-pay formula: These raw-meat skewers are served on swords, on top of a chopping block. Lynn Hsu, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2023 The 14-Mission was among the few routes to avoid the chopping block during the early days of the pandemic. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Feb. 2022 One obvious way to avoid the chopping block of progressive regulators like Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan would be to become more woke than ever before. Robert H. Bork Jr., WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of chopping block was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Chopping block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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